Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - EUBAGINI
subtribe - EUBAGINA
© Peter Bruce-Jones
Biblidinae are known for their diverse but simple and colourful
patterns. In the neotropics their representatives include the
within which are placed the 40
Dynamine species have metallic bluish
or greenish uppersides, with a dark apex and a series of white
spots. The upperside of agacles,
and one or two others however are white with dark borders and only a
trace of blue around the basal area.
diversity of Dynamine species is found
in the Amazon basin, but the distribution of the genus ranges from
Mexico to Bolivia.
is distributed from Panama to Peru and
Brazil. There are 7 named subspecies.
This species is found in primary rainforest at altitudes between
The eggs of most
species are white. They are laid singly on the leaf axils or flower
buds of Euphorbiaceae genera such as
larvae are described by DeVries as being slug-like, with tiny
rosettes of spines on the back. The pupae are greenish, elongate,
with a slightly bifid head and a pronounced dorsal keel, and
suspended by the cremaster from stems or leaves.
Peru © Adrian
are very active in hot sunny conditions, when they can be seen flying
rapidly in zig-zag fashion, investigating along forest tracks. Males
visit dry river beds, and damp ground along sunlit forest tracks and
roads. They habitually flick their wings open while moving about in a
fairly erratic fashion as they probe for minerals on the ground.