Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - EUBAGINI
subtribe - EUBAGINA
© Adrian Hoskins
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 including
ines have metallic bluish or greenish
uppersides, with a dark apex and a series of white spots. Some
species however are white, with black markings. The undersides of
most species are white, attractively marked with narrow bands of
orange - and in some species also with conspicuous ocelli and small
patches of metallic blue scales.
diversity of Dynamine species is found
in the Amazon basin, but the distribution of the genus ranges from
Mexico to Bolivia.
is distributed from Colombia to
This species is found in the foothills of the eastern Andes, at
altitudes between about 200-1000m.
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.
are only active in hot sunny conditions, when they can be seen flying
rapidly in zig-zag fashion along sunny tracks in the mornings. During
the afternoon males visit dry river beds, well vegetated rocky river
beaches and damp ground along sunlit forest tracks and roads.
The wings are
normally kept closed, but they periodically fan them as they flit
about from spot to spot on the ground, probing for mineral-rich
cooler conditions both sexes also bask on low foliage, with wings half