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Also known as the Dirce Beauty or the Mosaic Butterfly.
There are two recognized Mosiac subspecies; (d. dirce and d. wolcotti.)
They are quite common and live in lowland through mountainous rainforests.
Adults like to rest on shady tree trunks with their heads pointing downward.
They will then open and close their wings for temperature regulation as they rest.
As there is no winter in their range, there are multiple broods each year, making it possible to find adults flying year round.
Zebra Moziacs have an estimated life span of approximately 11 days.
Because they are members of the Brush Footed (Nymphalidae) family of butterflies, they use their pair of front legs for food tasting and their two pairs of rear legs for propulsion, as all Brush Footed butterflies do.
Caterpillar diet: Cecropia species of vegetation.
Adult diet: rotting breadfruit, bananas and tropical fruits. Also carrion, dung, and sometimes even wet laundry, They rarely take nectar from flowers.
Wingspan: 60 – 80 mm / 2.5 – 3.15 inches
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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