Distribution: USA and Bahamas (form bella); Jamaica, Cuba and
venusta); Puerto Rico, Haiti and St.Thomas (form stretchii);
(form ornatrix), and throughout central and tropical South America with a
large degree of overlap between these forms.
Type Locality: North America.
Synonyms: Deiopeia stretchii Butler 1877; Deiopeia pura
Butler 1877; Utetheisa
daphoena Dyar 1914; Utetheisa butleri Dyar 1914 and many others.
E. Caribbean records: Montserrat; Guadeloupe; St. Martin; St. Lucia; Dominica.
Grenadines records: Bequia, Union, Canouan, Mustique, Petite Martinique, Mayero,
Petit St. Vincent
(E.U. Exp., No. 75).
Method of identification: illustrated in colour by Kimball (1965) pl. 3, fig.
45. Adult & Genitalia illustrated in colour on website on French Antilles
Lepidoptera by Zagatti,
Lalanne-Cassou & Le Duchat d'Aubigny.
Notes: The forms of U. ornatrix
are discussed by Pease (1972). Typical ornatrix - the form found throughout the
Lesser Antiiles - is shown above. The related introduced old world
species Utetheisa pulchella Linnaeus 1758,
which can be distinguished from ornatrix as the latter is much more
lightly speckled on the forewing, could also be present in the Grenadines
as it has been found in St. Martin; Martinique; St. Bart's; St. Lucia and
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