Hamadryas laodamia

Starry Night Cracker

Basic Information

General information

Family: Nymphalidae
Sub Family: Limenitidinae
Estimated Lifespan 14 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 0
Total Number of Pupae Received: 882
First Flown On: 09/24/03
Last Flown On: 05/29/20

Species Range:

  • NorthAmerica
  • SouthAmerica

Host plants:

  • Dalechampia triphylla

Food Source

They feed mainly on decomposing fruit, but they also occasionally settle on the ground to imbibe mineralized moisture, and are also attracted to sweat.


This species is confined to primary rainforest.

Life history

After mating the female lays individual eggs on the leaves of the host plant. The caterpillar feeds on the host plant until it forms its chrysalis.


This butterfly can be found in flight year round.

Fun Facts

The butterflies are commonly known as Crackers due to the ability of the males of several species to produce a sound similar to the crackling of bacon in a frying pan.