Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Bosque She'llot, Peru
© Emily Halsey
In the neotropical region there are 2365
described species of Hesperiidae, split into 5 subfamilies -
Pyrrhopyginae: 163 species, Heteropterinae: 139 species,
Megathyminae: 32 species, Pyrginae: 991 species; and Hesperiinae.
Hesperiines ( 1040 sp ) are known as Grass Skippers, because their
larvae feed on grasses, bamboos and other monocotyledons.
Anatrytone comprises of 8 species,
variously distributed from the USA to Argentina and Paraguay. Visual
diagnostics of Anatrytone include a
golden yellow underside, unmarked apart from a series of tiny black
marginal dots; and a sharply angled hindwing costa. The uppersides
of both sexes of all species have a golden-yellow ground colour,
heavily marked with dark brown. In most species there is a suffused
broad dark brown margin to both wings, and the forewing discal cell
and costa are also dark brown. In perfida
however, the upperside costa, which can be seen in the above image,
is golden yellow.
is found from Colombia
This is a high
elevation transitional cloudforest / grassland species found at
altitudes between about 2000-3000m.
mineralised moisture from the edges of puddles and ditches.