Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Chalodeta chaonitis Satipo, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins
Riodinidae includes a group of genera -
Charis and Dachetola, which are
having an orange submarginal band containing a series of black dots,
and bordered either side by metallic silver lines.
Chalodeta can be distinguished from the
others by the
venation and early stage morphology. The eyes of
Chalodeta also differ in that they have
tiny setae located between the ommatidia.
Chalodeta comprises of 8 known species found variously from
Mexico to Bolivia. Telling them apart can be
difficult, although chaonitis and
theodora are quite distinctive.
Chalodeta chaonitis is distributed from Venezuela to Peru.
This species appears
to be confined to primary rainforest east of the Andes, at altitudes
between about 100-1000 metres. It inhabits the forest understorey
and like others in this group of genera is commonly seen in light
gaps in the forest, but can also be found in forest edge habitats
The larvae feed on the
flowers of Miconia longifolia (
habitually bask with the wings raised at an angle of about 45°, with
the forewings held slightly concave and tilted forward. They can often
be found imbibing mineralised moisture from sand or boulders along the
banks of small streams.