Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Broken-banded Flat
Celaenorrhinus eligius  STOLL, 1871
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Celaenorrhinus eligius, Rio Claro, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
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.
There are about 130 species in the genus Celaenorrhinus - 50 are found in various parts of eastern Asia, 45 are Afrotropical in distribution, and 24 are found in Central and South America.
Most of the neotropical species have dark earthy brown uppersides marked on the forewings with a broken diagonal hyaline band. One species - aegiochus, has a brilliant metallic blue sheen across its thorax and the base of its forewings. Two species - suthina and syllius have golden-orange bands on the forewings.
Celaenorrhinus eligius is the commonest and most widespread member of the genus, being found from Costa Rica to Brazil and Argentina.
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest at elevations between about 100-1600m.
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Adult behaviour

Both sexes commonly bask on foliage in dappled sunlight early in the morning. In common with other Celaenorrhinus species they probably rest under leaves with their wings fully outspread.



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