Wild South Florida — Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly
 
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Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly
 
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The ruddy daggerwing is instantly recognizable because of its dagger-like tail. It's a fairly large butterfly, with a a wingspan of nearly four inches. It's range generally extends from South Florida to Brazil, plus scattered parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and the central plains of the U.S. It inhabits hammocks and edges of hammocks and nearby open spaces. The strangler fig is one of its major host plants, while nectar from the cabbage palm, shown left, is among its favorite food sources. The one below is feeding on Spanish needle. Other names for the ruddy daggerwing include southern daggertail and tailed flambeau.

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