Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI
Cabirus procas, female, Pantiacolla,
Rio Alto Madre de Dios, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins
tribe Eudamini includes 44 genera in the neotropical region, amongst
which are the Long-tailed Skippers Urbanus,
Aguna; and such familiar genera as
This unusual butterfly has very narrow antennae like a moth, and is
the sole member of the genus Cabirus.
The insect illustrated is a female. In the male the white areas and
the veins within those areas are replaced by bright saffron yellow.
Both sexes appear to be mimics of diurnal Geometrids.
is distributed from Surinam, south through Amazonia to Peru and
This species is found in primary rainforest at altitudes between
flight is delicate and fluttering, unlike the skipping flight of most