2-2 1/2" (51-64 mm). Wings long, drawn out at tip. Black above with metallic green streaks and reflections, and 2 crimson spots at tip of FW cell; white fringes on HW. Similar below. Scarlet collar just below head; palpi red.
Other greenish Phocides and Astraptes lack crimson patches on FW above.
Young caterpillar crimson or maroon, with yellow crossbands or rings, maturing to white, with brown head and yellow spots on face. Chrysalis smooth, whitish to green. Host plants
are guavas (Psidium), including common guava (P. guajava).
Successive broods; most months.
Tropical forest openings, gardens.
Southern Texas around Brownsville; Mexico south to Argentina.
This brightly colored skipper has only recently been recognized as a breeding resident within our range. Tropical populations have orange fringes.