Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
FELDER & FELDER, 1862
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA
Rio Claro, Colombia ©
There are 1100 known species of Satyrinae in the neotropical region.
About 400 of these are placed in the Euptychiina. Butterflies within
this tribe include the 'ringlet' genera
Harjesia etc; together with Oressinoma
and the various 'wood nymph' genera i.e.
Parataygetis, Posttaygetis and
Taygetis. Most are inhabitants of the
forest understorey and tend to fly close to the ground. They
generally avoid sunlight and prefer to fly at dawn or on cloudy days
when light levels and temperatures are low.
There are 3 Amphidecta species,
variously distributed from Mexico to Brazil.
Amphidecta calliomma is confined to
Panama, Colombia and Venezuela.
This butterfly seems to be restricted to primary rainforest at
elevations between about 100-700m.
The adults are
usually encountered as singletons. They are crepuscular in nature and
do not fly in sunshine. If disturbed from rest they fly only a short
distance and resettle among tree rootlets or tangled undergrowth.