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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Velvet Sicklewing
Eantis minna  EVANS, 1953
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - ACHLYODINI
Eantis minna, Satipo, Peru 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.
The tribe Achlyodini includes 13 genera in the neotropical region, amongst which are the Achlyodes and Eantis Batwing Skippers; and such diverse genera as Pythonides, Atarnes, Haemactis, Quadrus and Ouleus.
Butterflies in the genus Eantis are known popularly as Sicklewings. They include 6 species that were formerly classified as subspecies of mithridates - namely mithridates, tamenund, papinianus, minor, munroei and thraso. The seventh species minna has more suffused markings than any of the others and its forewing has an acute rather than a falcate apex.
Eantis minna is found in Brazil and Peru.
Habitats
This species occurs in forested habitats at altitudes between about 200-800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are rapid in flight, but are very placid once they have settled to imbibe moisture from the ground.

 

 

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