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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Emylius Gem
Calospila emylius, 1855 
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Calospila emylius, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Calospila comprises of 35 species, all neotropical in distribution. Many Calospila species seem to have little in common superficially, other than the fact that they are small colourful insects, and sexually dimorphic.
The male of emylius is bright orange-red, with thick black borders, and blackish maculations in the discal cell. The female, as with several other Calospila species, is paler, and heavily marked in the basal area.
Calospila emylius is the most widespread member of the genus, being found in the foothills of the eastern Andes from Colombia and Venezuela to Bolivia, and throughout the Amazon basin.
Habitats
This species is found in primary and degraded forest, at elevations between about 0-1200m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Male and female both habitually rest underneath leaves, or less commonly on top, with their wings almost fully outspread, and their abdomens raised at an angle of about 20 degrees. They are rarely seen flying in open sunlight, much preferring the dappled light of the forest interior.

 

 

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