Tegosa claudina :: Claudina Crescent in English or Mariposa Claudina in Spanish is a common butterfly along the eastern Andes of South America, from Colombia to Argentina. We see them often in our garden, sitting on calendula flowers or daisies like in the pictures below;
From some light internet research I was unable to find a definitive host plant for the Claudina crescent, but related species are associated with Asteraceae plants like daisies, chicory, and thistle plants. The term ‘host plant‘ refers to the plant on which adult female butterflies lay eggs & the plant that the catepilars feed on until adulthood.
Without adequate host plants in an ecosytem, butterfly populations decline. That is why growing a diversity of garden flowers & native plants is so important to supporting insect populations.Luckily is seems that Tegosa butterflies as well as many others can feed on a variety of Asteraceae plants, both native & naturalized.
Have you seen this tiny butterfly in your garden? Let me know in the comments.