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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Blue Flasher
Astraptes fulgerator 
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI
Astraptes fulgerator, Rio Shima, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The tribe Eudamini includes 44 genera in the Americas, amongst which are the Long-tailed Skippers Urbanus, Chioides and Aguna; and other familiar genera including Phocides, Autochton, Astraptes and Calaenorrhinus.
The genus Astraptes, comprises of 29 large species characterised by having chocolate brown wings with very short stubby tails on the hindwings. Most species have a diagonal hyaline stripe across the forewings and a group of 3 small hyaline spots near the apex. In the majority of species the head, thorax, abdomen and wing bases are covered with gleaming metallic blue/green scales.
Astraptes fulgerator is a widely distributed species found from Mexico to Bolivia.
Habitats
This species occurs in forested habitats at altitudes between sea level and about 800 metres.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies have a very rapid whirring flight, often circling widely at a height of about 2 metres. They commonly settle on living foliage or dead leaf litter to feed at bird droppings, and at such times become so engrossed that they are oblivious to human presence. When feeding they exude droplets of water from their abdomens, dropping or squirting it onto the bird droppings to dissolve and liquefy them, enabling the juices to be sucked up using the long proboscis, which is extended under the abdomen.

 

 

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