Dione juno

Silver Spot

Basic Information

General information

Family: Nymphalidae
Sub Family: Heliconiinae
Estimated Lifespan 14 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 0
Total Number of Pupae Received: 788
First Flown On: 11/18/02
Last Flown On: 06/18/20

Species Range:

  • NorthAmerica
  • SouthAmerica

Host plants:

  • The larvae are known to feed on plants in the genus Passiflora
  • Tacsonia
  • Grandilla
  • Distephana and Plectostema.

Food Source

Adults are known to feed on a variety of nectar plants.

Etymology Of Name

The genus Dione is named after an archaic goddess from Greek mythology. In Roman mythology Juno was the queen of the Roman gods.

Habitat

Silverspot butterflies are found moving throughout open tropical forest and the surrounding areas.

Life history

After mating, female Silverspot butterflies lay their eggs in clusters on host plants. Once the eggs hatch the larvae gregariously feed on the host plant. Once the caterpillar is done eating the host plant it forms a pupa.

Flights

In the northernmost part of their range, adults are found April thru December. While in the warmer southern locations there are multiple generations and adults can be found year round.

Fun Facts

The silver spots located on the underside of the wings are not only silver in color, but are actually able to reflect light.