Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!

   Crackers butterflies have a wingspan of 2 3/4 - 3 3/8". (7 - 8.6 cm.) 

   The males are known to make a "crackling" sound as they dart  out at passing insects and people.

   The caterpillars of the  Cracker butterfly  are hosted by, and live and dine in the Dalechampia vines, and the herbs of the Tragia in the family  Euphorbiacae.

   The  adult butterflies dine on tree sap and rotting fruit.

   Crackers range from Argentina north through tropical America to  Mexico, with some straying as far north as the Rio Grande Valley of  south Texas.

   Cracker butterflies populations appear to be globally secure.