Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Anteros renaldus STOLL,
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - HELICOPINI
Anteros renaldus, Satipo, Peru
© Emily Halsey
There are 16 species in the genus
Anteros, distributed variously from
Mexico to Bolivia. The genus is closely allied to
Helicopis, and like them is characterised by having silvery
markings on the underside wings, and very "furry" legs.
Anteros renaldus is distributed from
Nicaragua to Brazil and Peru.
This species is found in rainforest and humid deciduous forest at
altitudes between about 200-800m.
are translucent greenish-grey, covered densely with very long white
setae. They live solitarily, and in Costa Rica are known to feed on
Inga and Myrcia.
The adults are
elusive and usually encountered singly in the vicinity of rivers or
streams. Males can sometimes be found settled on stones or boulders
imbibing mineralised moisture. They always hold their wings erect when
settled. On several occasions I have known this species to come to
mercury vapour lamps in early evening.