Pearly Eye Butterfly

By William T. Hathaway

Pearly Eye Butterfly

Pearly Eye butterflies (Enodia portlandica) are rapid flyers that seem to hug the ground while in flight. Males alight on tree trunks on overcast days, dashing at other butterflies in order to protect Pearly Eyes' territory. Adult Pearly Eyes feed on sap flows, carrion and bird droppings. This species is mostly an inhabitant of forested swamps and wooded stream banks.

A fully intact specimen is rarely seen in amateur collections


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