Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - APATURINAE
Peru © Adrian
There are 15
Doxocopa species. They can be loosely
divided into 2 groups : The lavinia
group have Adelpha-like bands across
the wings. In most species the wings of males reflect iridescent
turquoise or purple hues. Doxocopa pavon
is smaller than most other species in of the
lavinia group, and the underlying white bands of the males
are suffused and barely distinguishable. The females however have
broad white bands across the wings, and lack the purple sheen.
Doxocopa pavon is found from Mexico to
Paraguay and northern Argentina.
The butterfly breeds in rainforest habitats at altitudes between
The caterpillar feeds on Celtis species
( Ulmaceae ). When fully grown it is green, strongly tapered towards
the anal segment, and has a pair of forward-projecting horns on its
chrysalis is probably similar to that of other Apaturines, which are
typically flattened laterally, arched dorsally, and superbly
camouflaged as living or dead foliage.
Males are often seen on sunny
forest tracks, imbibing mineral rich moisture from rocks, or feeding
at carrion or fermenting fallen fruit.
are much scarcer and rarely seen,
as they spend most of their time high in the forest canopy. Both sexes
nectar at Croton and