Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - EPIPHILINI
subtribe - EPIPHILINA
Asterope markii davisii, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins
7 species in the genus
all share the typical Biblidinae characteristics of rounded wings,
and boldly but simply marked uppersides.
All Asterope species
have black uppersides, with a strong blue or greenish sheen. Most
species, including markii, have the
basal area bright orange. The underside hindwings of all species are
grey, overlaid to a greater or lesser extent with a metallic
greenish or bluish hue, and marked with a very distinctive pattern
of black spots. In some species, such as
degandii, buckleyi and
some races of leprieuri,
the basal two-thirds of the underside hindwings are bright orange or
occurs in Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Guiana and Venezuela. The
subspecies davisii ( which strongly
resembles the Colombian hewitsoni ) is
found in Ecuador, Brazil and Peru.
This is a lowland rainforest species occuring at altitudes between
are elusive, and nearly always encountered singly. Males tend to be
seen more often in the afternoon, when they perch on the foliage of
trees at a height of about 3 metres, periodically making short rapid
flights to investigate passing butterflies.
They are not often seen on the
ground, but occasionally visit urine-soaked sand on well vegetated
sunny river beaches.