Hypna clytemnestra

Jazzy Leafwing

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Nymphalidae”
Sub Family: “Charaxinae”
Estimated Lifespan 20 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 17
Total Number of Pupae Received: 3010
First Flown On: 10/21/02
Last Flown On: 06/27/24

Species Range:

  • “NorthAmerica” “SouthAmerica”

Host plants:

  • The larvae feed on a variety of Crotons such as Croton floribundus.

Food Source

Adults can be found feeding from tree sap and rotting fruits.

Etymology Of Name

The genus Hypna is Latin for web, while the specie clytemnestra is found in Greek mythology. Clytemnestra was the wife of Agamemnon.


The Jazzy Leafwing is primarily found in wet tropical forests flying in the forest canopy.

Life history

After mating the female lays her small round eggs individually on the host plant. The larvae construct a silk enclosure which is used as a resting spot and a safe perch from which they feed. During the final molt of the larvae the chrysalis is formed.


There are multiple generations each year which makes it possible to find adults all year round.

Fun Facts

While the Jazzy Leafwing is considered to be rare or hard to find, there have been a couple reported occasions of localized population explosions, where large numbers were seen flying through urban areas.