Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA
albofasciata, Madre de Dios, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins
There are 1100 known species of Satyrinae in the neotropical region.
About 400 of these are placed in the Euptychiina. Butterflies within
this tribe include the "ringlet" genera
Magneuptychia, Harjesia etc;
together with Oressinoma and the
various "wood nymph" genera i.e. Parataygetis,
Taygetis. Most are inhabitants of the forest understorey and
tend to fly close to the ground. They generally avoid sunlight and
prefer to fly at dawn or on cloudy days when light levels and
temperatures are low.
are 11 species in the genus
species appears to be confined to the Upper Amazonian areas of
Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
occurs in wet lowland tropical rainforest at elevations between
The lifecycle appears to be unrecorded, but it is likely to be
similar to that of other members of the Euptychiina, in which the
globular, and usually laid singly on or near the foodplants. These
according to species may be either grasses, palms or arrowroots.
larvae in common with those of other Satyrines is likely to be green
or pale brown in colour with numerous thin paler and darker stripes
running along the back and sides.
The adults are usually seen singly in well vegetated areas along
streams in primary rainforest. They frequently settle on low foliage,
tilt-basking to present the greatest possible area of wing surface to