Goatweed Leafwing, Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing

Anaea andria

The wing of the Goatweed Leafwing is distinctively shaped, with a very downward curved tip of the upper wing and a small tail on the hind wing. The color of the male is a uniform orange/copper with few markings and a purplish border. The female is similar but with more marking above. Both sexes are a uniform gray below.

There are no similar species found in Wisconsin.

Overwintering Strategy:   Adult Butterfly

Forest edges and opening in woodlands.

This species has been reported as occurring in the Racine area in the 19th century. No records of this species occurring in Wisconsin are known from the 20th century.

Overwintering Strategy

Two-way migration: Adult migrates from Wisconsin to Central Mexico
Small migration: Adult migrates from Wisconsin to southern US
Immigrant: Adult migrates into Wisconsin from warmer areas and don't fly south in winter
Adult Butterfly: Hibernates overwinter as an adult butterfly
Eggs: Eggs laid on stems, twigs or foot plants overwinter in diapause
Caterpillar: Caterpillars make nests on the base of plants and hibernate until spring
Chrysalis: Caterpillars shed their last skin, form a chrysalis and enter diapause.

For more information, read: Where Do Butterflies Go In Winter?

Further Information:   

 Design A Butterfly Garden
 Take The Butterfly Quiz
 Monarch Life Cycle
 Butterflies and Moths of North America
 Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Assn (NABA)
 The Butterfly Site

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