Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Dotted Glory
Asterope markii  HEWITSON, 1857
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
subtribe - EPIPHILINA

Asterope markii davisii, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru Adrian Hoskins
The 7 species in the genus Asterope 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 red.
Asterope markii 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 about 200-800m.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies 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.



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