Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
FELDER & FELDER,
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - COEINI
Satipo, Peru ©
one of 4 members of the genus Baeotus,
all of which are confined to the neotropics.
Unlike B. aeilus
this species is not sexually dimorphic - in both sexes the upperside
is dark brown with a broad pale orange median band.
breeds in lowland wet tropical forests at altitudes below about
800m, and like aeilus, it appears to be
largely confined to the upper Amazon areas of Brazil, Ecuador and
Unknown. The genus appears to be very closely related to
Historis, which suggests that
Moraceae and Urticaceae are probable foodplants.
are usually seen singly, often in the company of
Baeotus aeilus or B. japetus, and
are regular visitors to patches of mineral-rich damp sand along the
shores of rivers in Amazonia. They have a rapid and powerful flight,
and if disturbed, fly up and settle on nearby tree trunks or
vegetation, but quickly return to their original feeding spot.
I have not observed the female of this species.
deucalion ( right )
and Dryas iulia ( left ), Rio Madre de
Dios, Peru ©