Eueides isabella







Forewing Length

37-42 mm


Mexico to the Amazon Basin and the West Indies. Note: There are various named forms of this species, and the tiger-striped form that occurs in Costa Rica is identical to the form that occurs throughout Central America and the West Indies (form zoracon).

Host Plant

Passiflora platyloba, P. ambigua (Passifloraceae).

Pupa Stage

Approximately 8 days.

Pupa Description

White with black markings on the wingpads and short spines on dorsum that are tipped in black.

Adults Description

Distinguished from similar species by the white dots on the upperside of the hindwing margin; forewing upperside has an almost circular black dot near end of cell; antennae short. The males usually have black antennae and the females yellow.

Habits Description

Commonly occurs from sea level to 1,500 m on both slopes, in association with forest habitats and second growth. Encountered as common, solitary individuals along forest edges, light gaps, and ocassionally in open areas where there is high second-growth vegetation. Both sexes visit a wide variety of flowers ranging from ground level herbs to canopy trees and vines. A common visitor to the garden flowers, and occasionally seen in the streets of San Jose ( Capital of Costa Rica).