Common Mestra

linda_tx8(8)November 3, 2012

I posted two shots of one on the gallery. Has been a few years since I last saw them! Woohoo!

Here is a link that might be useful: Common Mestra

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Very pretty, Linda! I love it when you guys post some of the less commonly seen, but beautiful, butterflies on this forum. What is their host plant? I think they are found in southwestern Oklahoma on occasion, too, but don't know any of our members that are from there.

South Texas is a wonderland of butterflies!


    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 8:53AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

That's just beautiful, Linda! I had to look it up to find out what it was, but then that happens sometimes with south Texas butterflies. My book lists the host plant as being noseburns, which I've never heard of either!

Thanks for posting!


    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 9:04AM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photos with us so we can dream about another butterfly!

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 9:13AM
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Thanks! Yes, it's Noseburn, Tragia sp. In the Urticaceae family, so it's not surprising that it's a stinging plant...been stung from time to time. I've got some smaller Tragia plants on the property, not as many as before all those years of drought. I've never actually seen a caterpillar, however. I'd like to see them someday! When it's warm, the butterflies always seem to be flying around looking for something...I had to stalk them most of the day to get a pic.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2012 at 11:32AM
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Not "common" here. I've never seen one. We do have them on the map at least for Missouri.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2012 at 11:46AM
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It's interesting that it is called "Common"!!!???
It occasionaly strays up to North Texas but very rarely! I also had never heard of noseburn & looked it up! Tragia ramosa is listed as it's host on the Dallas Butterly site & is part of the Spurge family.
Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing! Glad you are seeing them again!
Take care,

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 11:00AM
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