Pointed Leafwing Butterfly Anaea/Memphis/Fountainea eurypyle

Pointed Leafwing Butterfly
Pointed Leafwing Butterfly
Pointed Leafwing Butterfly
The Pointed Leafwing, like other Leafwings, is camouflaged like a dead leaf when it closes its wings. It looks similar to the related Goatweed Leafwing, but the Pointed wings end in a point at the top and the Goatweed wings curl back like goat horns. Both are redder in winter and browner in summer. The topside is orange with a black bar and tip. Its native range is from Mexico to Argentina. It has a subspecies, the Eastern Pointed Leafwing, aptly named "confusa", since the whole complex of Anaea, Memphis and Fountainea species overlap, intergrade and are most confusing.