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Orange-barred Emesis
Emesis cypria   FELDER & FELDER, 1861
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - Incertae sedis
Emesis cypria, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are 41 known species of Emesis, all of which are confined to the neotropical region.
Most Emesis species have fairly unicolorous orange-brown wings, marked with dots and dashes similar in pattern to cypria, but only the latter has the prominent orange bands. It is very much like a miniature Adelpha salmoneus - although this is more likely to be coincidence than mimicry, as I can think of no unpalateable or toxic species which would serve as a model.
Emesis cypria is distributed from Mexico to Bolivia. There are 5 recognised subspecies.
Emesis cypria, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Habitats
This is a cloudforest species found at altitudes between about 500-2000m. It tends to be seen most often in mildly disturbed habitats including forest trails, glades and clearings; and along roadsides and riverbanks.
Lifecycle
I have no information specific to cypria. 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.
Emesis cypria, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

This species is normally encountered as solitary males, seen when imbibing moisture from damp soil, or when perching or basking on the foliage of bushes or herbaceous plants. It has a quite rapid flight over short distances, but tends to remain settled for long periods, even in hot sunshine.

 

 

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