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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Narva Checkerspot
Chlosyne narva   FABRICIUS, 1793
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - NYMPHALINAE
Tribe - MELITAEINI
subtribe - PHYCIODINA
Chlosyne narva bonpland, Rio Claro, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The tribe Melitaeini is of worldwide distribution. It includes the Crescents and Checkerspots of North America, and also many familiar European species such as the Marsh, Spotted and Heath Fritillaries.
There are 33 Chlosyne species of which 29 occur in North America and/or Mexico, while the rest are found variously from Guatemala to Argentina. Many Chlosyne species are characterised by having a patchwork of black, yellow and red/orange markings; while others are fritillary-like in appearance, with a network or dark veins and lines on an orange-brown ground colour.
Chlosyne narva is distributed from Nicaragua to Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador.
Habitats
This species is found in disturbed lowland forest habitats including glades, clearings and roadsides at elevations between sea level and about 500m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Chlosyne narva bonpland, Rio Claro, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

Males are usually seen either when nectaring at Asteraceae, or when imbibing mineralised moisture from patches of damp ground. They habitually fan their wings open and closed while feeding.

Chlosyne narva bonpland, Rio Claro, Colombia Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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