Goatweed Leafwing

Anaea andria

This species has been reported as occurring in the Racine area in the 19th century. No records of this species occurring in Wisconsin are known from the 20th century. It has been recorded from Northern Illinois and in three southern counties in Michigan, and should be looked for in the southern counties, especially along the Mississippi River or along Lake Michigan.

Identifying characteristics

The wing of the Goatweed Leafwing is distinctively shaped, with a very downward curved tip of the upper wing and a small tail on the hind wing. The color of the male is a uniform orange/copper with few markings and a purplish border. The female is similar but with more marking above. Both sexes are a uniform gray below.

Similar species

There are no similar species found in Wisconsin.

Habitat

Forest edges and opening in woodlands.

Flight

This species is an immigrant from farther south where it has two broods a year. In Michigan this species has been collected from May to October.

Abundance

A very rare stray in Wisconsin. The host plant of this species is croton, a species that doesn’t grow in Wisconsin, so it is unlikely that a colony of this species will develop here.

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Goatweed Leafwing
Map key
Goatweed Leafwing

Photo © 2003 tom lewis

Grant Co., AR.

Goatweed LeafwingClick to enlarge

Couchville Cedar Glade, TN. April 2, 2011.

Goatweed LeafwingClick to enlarge

Couchville Cedar Glade, TN. April 2, 2011.