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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Hoary Spreadwing
Carrhenes canescens  FELDER, 1869
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI
Carrhenes canescens, Rio Claro, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The Pyrginae, popularly known as Flats or Spreadwings, are a cosmopolitan subfamily distributed across temperate and tropical habitats throughout the world. In the Americas there are 990 species, of which about 580 are assigned to the tribe Pyrgini.
The genus Carrhenes comprises of 13 known species which are variously distributed from Mexico to Bolivia. They vary greatly in appearance - bamba is marbled in contrasting white and earthy brown tones, but others such as fuscescens, callipetes and santes are more unicolorous. 
Carrhenes canescens is distributed from Mexico to Peru and Brazil.
Habitats
This species is found in disturbed forest, e.g. in small clearings and along riverbanks, roadsides and other forest edge habitats. It occurs at elevations between about 100-800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Males are often seen basking on low foliage in early morning or late afternoon.

 

 

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