Possibly a White Peacock butterfly?

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  1. marlingardener

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    We had never seen one here, but the Audubon ID book has it listed as present in Texas, and it's host plant is Ruellia, which we have a pasture full of.
    We "think" it's a white peacock, but can anyone give us a definitive ID? Or just your opinion will be appreciated, also!
     
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  3. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    It's difficult to tell as its wings are closed. It's either a white peacock or maybe a white admiral. :headscratch: I'm leaning towards a peacock though because of the spots on the under wings. I hope someone else can give you a positive ID.
     
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    A great place to ID bugs is this link Bugguide. Then go to ID request I have 100's of pictures there. It is a University and has lots of experts.
     
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    Thank you Kildale for that great link! I have it bookmarked and will likely use it frequently.
     



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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    We call this butterfly, "distelvlinder"...or "Vanessa". British folks call them "Painted Lady", I believe.
     
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    I think Sjoerd is correct. This is my picture of a painted lady, the circles on the wings look the same.

    Painted Lady butterfly (5).jpg
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Well done boys I think you've got it!! :smt023
     
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