Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - EUMAEINI
© Adrian Hoskins
Almost all neotropical Theclinae species are placed in the Eumaeini.
The tribe is not particularly well represented in collections, so
until fairly recently a high percentage remained unstudied, and were
inappropriately filed away in the 'convenience' genus
Thecla. Many taxonomists have attempted
to rationalise the systematics of the Eumaeini, the most recent
being Robbins who published a revision in 2004, reclassifying the
taxa into 83 genera. Currently there are 1058 known species. Taking
into account their small size, secretive behaviour, and the great
similarities between many species, it is estimated that about
another 200 species probably remain to be discovered.
There are 7
Aubergina species, found variously from
Mexico to Peru. The uppersides of males are dark brown, with a blue
or purplish-blue iridescence extending almost to the margins, and an
oval androconial patch at the end of the fw cell. Females are plain
earthy brown on the upperside. The undersides of most of the species
are similar to that of alda.
is a common species in central
Peru. It also occurs in Brazil, and has been found in French Guyana
by Faynel, who determined the identification of the images on this
page, based on the type of the species in the BMNH.
Satipo, Peru ©
This species is found in rainforest, at altitudes between about
To be completed.
can often be found settled on logs or foliage, or imbibing moisture
from rocks or boulders. They are generally encountered singly, but
often several different individuals will be found in the same general
area over a period of a few days.