Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - CHARAXINAE
Tribe - ANAEINI
© Adrian Hoskins
The tribe Anaeini comprises of 87 neotropical species in the genera
Siderone, Fountainea and
The butterflies are characterised by having a very rapid and strong
flight. They have stout bodies, falcate wings, and on the upper
surface are usually black, marked with bands of orange, red, or
lustrous blue according to species. The undersides of all Anaeini
are cryptically patterned and bear a strong resemblance to dead
leaves or tree bark.
There are 4 species in the genus Consul,
of which fabius is the commonest, most
widespread and well known. The others are
panariste, excellens and
occurs from Guatemala to Colombia and Venezuela.
This species inhabits cloudforest at elevations between about
To be completed.
spend much of their time in the forest canopy. They occasionally
descend to bask on the ground or on foliage. More often they are seen
indulging in high speed acrobatics around trees and bushes, invariably
disappearing under a leaf periodically, where they remain for several
minutes before venturing into the air again.