Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Calephelis aymaran Satipo, Peru
© Dave Griffiths
Riodinidae includes a group of genera -
Charis and Dachetola, which are
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.
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.
To be completed.
Both sexes bask on low foliage, with
wings fully outspread. They are fond of nectaring at
Senecio and other Compositae.