Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)

In NC, this species is found throughout the coastal plain and sporadically across piedmont, usually in forested bottomlands with its hostplant, cane (Arundinaria), present. Southern Pearly-eyes are two-three brooded flying from spring into fall. The best way to field-separate them from the similar Northern Pearly-eye is by the color of the antennal club (all orange in Southern; black with orange tip in Northern). Southerns may fly together with Creole Pearly-eyes, but the latter species usually shows 5 forewing eyespots and a post-median line on the underforewing with a couple of large outward bulges like knuckles on a fist.

Formerly classified as Enodia portlandia.


Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia) Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Durham Co., NC
11 Sep 2012

Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia) Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Durham Co., NC
11 Sep 2012
Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Durham Co., NC
11 Sep 2012

Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia) Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Cumberland Co., NC
4 June 2006
Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Johnston Co., NC
29 May 2005

Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia) Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Hyde Co., NC
16 Sep 2006
Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Pender Co., NC
13 Sep 2009

Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Aberdeen Lake Park, Moore Co., NC
4 Aug 2016
Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Aberdeen Lake Park, Moore Co., NC
4 Aug 2016

Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Tyrrell Co., NC
28 Aug 2016

Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Durham Co., NC
11 Sep 2012

Sharing some Swamp White Oak (Quercus michauxii) slime flux with a Hackberry Emperor.


Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia) Southern Pearly-eye (Lethe portlandia)
Durham Co., NC
11 Sep 2012

Playing peek-a-boo.



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