Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly – Anaea andria

The Goatweed Leafwing butterfly, Anaea andria, is found in about half of the US.

Goatweed Leafwing butterfly Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing butterfly
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing egg Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing egg
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing butterfly caterpillar Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing
butterfly caterpillar
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing butterfly caterpillar Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing
Butterfly caterpillar
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing butterfly caterpillar Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing
Butterfly caterpillar
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing butterfly caterpillar Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing
Butterfly caterpillar
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly chrysalis Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing
Butterfly chrysalis
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly on fruit Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing
Butterfly on fruit
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing Butterfly
Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing butterflies are difficult to spot when they are resting with closed wings. The outside of their wings looks like dead leaves.

They lay eggs on specific plants in the croton genus.

The caterpillars make a roll in a leaf of their host plant. They leave the nest to eat leaves. As they grow, they make larger nests.

The chrysalis resembles a green stink bug.

Goatweed Leafwing adult butterflies overwinter as adult butterflies.

Adult butterflies eat rotting fruit. bird droppings, dung, and sap.

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