White Peacock – Anartia jatrophae

White Peacock, Anartia jatrophae, butterflies almost resemble antique lace, with their white, brown, and beige patterned wings. The are found primarily in the Gulf Coast states along with South Carolina. They are found primarily in fairly damp areas.

Host plants include water hyssop (Bacopa), frog fruit (Lippia), and some species of Ruellia. In captivity, the eagerly lay eggs on and eat green shimp plant (Blechum) and plantain (Plantago).

Caterpillars are almost always black. Although they look a bit prickly, they do not harm or sting.

Occasionally a red toned caterpillar surprises us. They range from this color to dark cranberry red.

Caterpillars hang in a J shape before pupating into a green or black chrysalis. Sometimes a chrysalis will be a mixture of the two colors.