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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Red-barred Amarynthis
Amarynthis meneria  CRAMER, 1776
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Amarynthis meneria, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The small and very beautiful Red-barred Amarynthis is the only member of the genus Amarynthis.
There is a certain amount of variation in the shape and extent of the red and white markings but it is an instantly recognisable species.
It is a common and widespread species found in Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and northern Argentina.
Habitats
The butterfly is associated with primary and secondary rainforest habitats. It seems to be confined to a maximum altitude of about 1000m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Amarynthis meneria, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

The butterfly spends much of it's time resting under leaves with wings held flat, but will periodically dart out, and in overcast or cool conditions will often bask on the upper surface of leaves. It tends to stay within the forest, and is often seen, either singly or in two's or three's, along narrow paths where dappled sunlight penetrates to ground level. Although males will occasionally mud-puddle at damp ground, they tend to do so in slightly shaded areas such as peccary wallows, rather than in the full sunlight encountered on river sandbanks.

Amarynthis meneria, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins

 

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