Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Emesis fatimella, male, Satipo, Peru
© Peter Maddison
distinctive wing pattern and shape of
make them instantly recognisable as a genus, but some of the 41
species can be difficult to tell apart, requiring close examination
of the markings.
found from Mexico to Brazil and Peru.
This species occurs in primary and secondary forest, at altitudes
between about 200-800m.
I have no
information specific to fatimella. 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.
Males can sometimes be seen basking
on foliage or imbibing moisture from sunlit trails.