Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
White-banded Pallid Ringlet
Euptychoides albofasciata  HEWITSON, 1869
subfamily - SATYRINAE
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA

Euptychoides 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 Euptychia, Magneuptychia, Harjesia, Cissia, Caeruleuptychia, Magneuptychia, Harjesia etc; together with Oressinoma and the various "wood nymph" genera i.e. Parataygetis, Posttaygetis and 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.
There are 11 species in the genus Euptychoides.
This species appears to be confined to the Upper Amazonian areas of Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
The butterfly occurs in wet lowland tropical rainforest at elevations between 0-800m.
The lifecycle appears to be unrecorded, but it is likely to be similar to that of other members of the Euptychiina, in which the eggs are globular, and usually laid singly on or near the foodplants. These according to species may be either grasses, palms or arrowroots. The 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.
Adult behaviour

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 the sun.



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