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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Aymaran Metalmark
Calephelis aymaran  McALPINE, 1971
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Calephelis aymaran Satipo, Peru Dave Griffiths
Introduction
The neotropical Riodinidae includes a group of genera - Chalodeta, Detritivora, Calephelis, Charis and Dachetola, which are characterised by having a submarginal band containing a series of black dots, and bordered either side by metallic silver lines.
Calephelis comprises of 45 described species. It is primarily a central American genus, although it has representatives throughout the Americas from the northern USA to Bolivia and Argentina.
There are 3 species found in Peru - aymaran, laverna and inca. All are very similar in appearance but it is possible to distinguish between them visually if close attention is paid to the configuration and subtleties of the markings.
Calephelis aymaran is found in Peru and Bolivia.
Habitats
This is a cloudforest species, normally found along roadsides and other open situations. It is usually found at elevations between about 1200-1800m, but can occasionally be found as low as 400m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes bask on low foliage, with wings fully outspread. They are fond of nectaring at Senecio and other Compositae.

 

 

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