Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Junin, Peru ©
There are at least 20 species in the genus
Baeotis, found variously from Mexico to Bolivia. Most are
very similar in appearance, with creamy or whitish markings, and
metallic silvery submarginal lines, on a dark brown or sooty ground
colour. They are all very small butterflies, no larger than 2cms in
Baeotis bacaenis is a fairly common and
widespread species, found in the foothills of the eastern
Andes of Ecuador and Peru.
This is a lowland rainforest species which is usually found in the
vicinity of streams, ditches or wet ground, at altitudes between
about 200-500m. The butterfly is on the wing throughout the year.
The lifecycle and larval foodplants are unknown.
This butterfly is often seen singly, but
sometimes several can be found in close proximity, attracted to
seepages or urine-tainted ground. When mud-puddling in this way
Baeotis usually prefer to settle in
dappled sunlight or shaded spots, avoiding full sunshine.
The butterflies habitually bask with
their wings held flat, and with the forewings angled forward.
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