Geographic location of the bug: Southwest Florida
Time: 03:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I have identified & photographed well over 100 species of butterflies/moths over many years, but I am at a loss for the name of this beauty, and no amount of research has been successful. Many thanks for your help!
Respectfully, Kathy Genaw
How you want your letter signed: Kathy Genaw
We too are having a difficult time identifying you Brush Footed Butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It looks most to us like the White Peacock, Anartia jatrophae, which can be viewed on BugGuide and on Carolina Nature, and we suspect it is closely related. It is found in Florida, but though the dorsal side is similar, the ventral side is quite different. We suspect it might be closely related, and is most likely a tropical species that has found its way to Florida. Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a more conclusive identification.