White Peacock – Anartia jatrophae

White Peacock, Anartia jatrophae, butterflies almost resemble antique lace, with their white, brown, and beige patterned wings. The are found primarily in the Gulf Coast states along with South Carolina. They are found primarily in fairly damp areas.

White Peacock - Anartia jatrophae - drinking nectar from Spanish Needles Bidens

White Peacock – Anartia jatrophae
Drinking nectar from Spanish Needles

Host plants include water hyssop (Bacopa), frog fruit (Lippia), and some species of Ruellia. In captivity, the eagerly lay eggs on and eat green shimp plant (Blechum) and plantain (Plantago).

White Peacock - Anartia jatrophae - eggs on green shrimp plant

White Peacock – Anartia jatrophae
Eggs on green shrimp plant (Blechum)

Caterpillars are almost always black. Although they look a bit prickly, they do not harm or sting.

White Peacock Anartia jatrophae butterfly caterpillar on water hyssop

White Peacock caterpillar on water hyssop

Occasionally a red toned caterpillar surprises us. They range from this color to dark cranberry red.

White Peacock Anartia jatrophae butterfly caterpillar on ribgrass plantain

White Peacock caterpillar on ribgrass plantain

Caterpillars hang in a J shape before pupating into a green or black chrysalis. Sometimes a chrysalis will be a mixture of the two colors.

White Peacock Anartia jatrophae butterfly green chrysalis and black chrysalis

White Peacock
green chrysalis and black chrysalis

White Peacock Anartia jatrophae butterfly on butterfly bush

White Peacock butterfly drinking nectar
from butterfly bush

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