Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Sharp Banded Skipper
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI
female, Junin, Peru
© Emily Halsey
Pyrginae, popularly known as Flats or Spreadwings, are a
cosmopolitan subfamily distributed across temperate and tropical
habitats throughout the world. In the Americas there are 990
tribe Eudamini includes 44 genera in the Americas, amongst which are
the Long-tailed Skippers Urbanus,
Aguna; and other familiar genera including
The genus Autochton,
previously known as Cecropterus,
comprises of 13 smallish species which are characterised by having
chocolate brown wings that bear a single white or creamy median
band, and either 2 or 3 tiny apical spots. Most species also have a
whitish margin to the hindwings. They can be distinguished by
differences in the shape of the median band, the configuration and
number of apical spots, and the pattern on the underside hindwings.
Autochton zarex is a common and
widespread species found from Mexico to Argentina.
This species occurs in forest edge habitats at altitudes between sea
level and about 1200m.
are usually encountered singly, and normally seen basking with wings
outspread on low foliage. They roost overnight under the leaves of
trees and bushes.
zarex male, Santa
Fe de Antioquoia, Colombia
© Adrian Hoskins