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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Theodora Metalmark
Chalodeta theodora  FELDER & FELDER, 1862
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Chalodeta theodora Rio Onolulu, Tingo Maria, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Chalodeta comprises of 8 described species found variously from Mexico to Bolivia. The butterflies are closely allied to Charis, but differ from them in venation and early stage morphology. The eyes of Chalodeta also differ in that they have tiny setae located between the ommatidia.
Males of Chalodeta theodora, like many species in this genus, have a blackish ground colour, while in the females this is replaced by a lighter shade of brown. The metallic silvery bands on the wings of males reflect turquoise hues in bright lighting conditions.
Chalodeta theodora is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Habitats
This species appears to be confined to primary rainforest east of the Andes, at altitudes between about 200-1000 metres. It is commonly seen in light gaps in the forest, but can also be found in forest edge habitats and glades.
Lifecycle
The larvae feed on the flowers of Melastomataceae.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes of this pretty species usually bask with their wings fully outspread, but in very hot conditions they are held only half open. Males can often be found imbibing mineralised moisture from sand or rocks.

Chalodeta theodora Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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