Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - EUMAEINI
Peru © Adrian
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 6 Badecla species, variously
distributed from Colombia and Guyana to Brazil, Peru and Argentina.
On the dorsal surface the wings of most species are pale brown, and
virtually devoid of the blue scaling found in the majority of
Theclinae. The ventral surface of all species is dull earthy brown
in colour, marked on the hindwings ( and in most species also the
forewings ) with a jagged broken "hairstreak" line that is edged
inwardly with red. The width of this red edging varies a great deal
from one species to another, and is also quite variable within each
is endemic to the eastern Andes of Peru.
This species is found in primary rainforest at altitudes between