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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Eyed Spreadwing
Cyclosemia leppa  EVANS, 1953
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI
Cyclosemia leppa, Medellin, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
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.
Cyclosemia and Myrinia are closely related genera, and it is often difficult to know to which of these genera a particular species belongs without examination of the venation and genitalia.
There are 10 Cyclosemia species, distributed variously from Mexico to s.e. Brazil.
Cyclosemia leppa occurs in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
Habitats
This species is found in rainforests and cloudforests at elevations between about 300-1500m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Cyclosemia leppa, Medellin, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are usually seen basking on foliage or visiting damp patches on the ground. They rarely settle for more than a second or two, and spread their wings immediately upon landing. If disturbed they turn to face towards any potential predator, adopting a threateening posture as depicted above and below. In hot weather they rest beneath leaves with wings fully outspread.

Cyclosemia leppa, Medellin, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins

 

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