The Southern Pearly-Eye has dark eyespots near the margins of its forewings and hind wings. It is found primarily in the southeastern region of the United States, with its range extending west to the eastern edge of Texas. It is distinguished from the Northern Pearly-eye and the female Creole Pearly-eye by the orange antenna clubs.


Southern Pearly-eye” by Pondhawk, licensed by (CC BY 2.0)


Southern Pearly-Eye Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: Satyrinae

Butterfly Wingspan: 2 3/16 – 2 3/4 inches

Butterfly Habitat: Shady, damp woods near stream-fed swamps


Southern Pearly-Eye Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Bamboo Switch Cane

Nectar Plants:

  • Tree Sap
  • Rotting Fruit