Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI
Rio Claro, Colombia
© Adrian Hoskins
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.
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
callipetes and santes are more
Carrhenes canescens is distributed from Mexico to Peru and
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.
To be completed.
Males are often
seen basking on low foliage in early morning or late afternoon.