Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Spangled Golden Emesis
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Emesis cerea, Rio Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil
© Tony Hoare
41 known species of Emesis, all of
which are confined to the neotropical region.
Most Emesis species are brownish in
colour, and marked with dots and dashes similar in pattern to
cerea, but the latter has metallic
silver markings replacing the black markings of the other
Emesis species. It also has a very
distinctive costal lobe on the forewings, similar to that found in
Symmachia species. This lobe is more pronounced in males.
is distributed from Surinam to Paraguay.
This is a lowland rainforest species found at
altitudes between about 200-800m.
I have no
information specific to cerea. The eggs
of Emesis species are typically white
and highly sculptured. They are laid singly or in clusters of up to
30, according to species. The known larval foodplants encompass the
families Ranunculaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Rhizophoraceae,
Sterculiaceae, Anacardiaceae and Nyctaginaceae.
To be completed.