Looks Aren’t Everything

Goatweed Leafwing Anaea andria

Admittedly, this Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria) is visually stunning in its vivid red winter coloration. As the name implies, a favored host plant for their caterpillars is goatweed and, when closed, their wings resemble leaves. The adults’ tastes are less high brow, preferring bird and animal scat as well as rotting fruit. Ah well, we can’t all be nectar sippers.

Categories: Nature Notes

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