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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Dimorphic Skipper
Cabirus procas  CRAMER, 1777
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI
Cabirus procas, female, Pantiacolla, Rio Alto Madre de Dios, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The tribe Eudamini includes 44 genera in the neotropical region, amongst which are the Long-tailed Skippers Urbanus, Chioides and Aguna; and such familiar genera as Phocides, Autochton, Astraptes and Calaenorrhinus.
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.
Cabirus procas is distributed from Surinam, south through Amazonia to Peru and Bolivia.
Habitats
This species is found in primary rainforest at altitudes between about 100-800m.
Lifecycle
Unknown.
Adult behaviour

The flight is delicate and fluttering, unlike the skipping flight of most Pyrgine skippers.

 

 

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