Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
male, Rio Shima, Satipo, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins
Butterflies in the genus
Exoplisia are closely allied to the metallic blue
Lasaia Sapphires, but more closely
resemble Emesis in appearance. There
are 4 species - cadmeis,
hypochloris and myrtis, all of
which are neotropical in distribution.
The males of most
species are dull earthy brown in colour with a pattern of dashes and
lines similar to that of Emesis
species. Exoplisia cadmeis differs from
the others in having a grey ground colour. On the underside the
pattern is similar, but the ground colour is overlaid with a blue
The female of
cadmeis has a pale brown ground colour
on both wing surfaces, and has much more rounded wings than the
male. The females of the other 3 Exoplisia
species are entirely unknown to science, which suggests that they
are arboreal in habit.
Exoplisia cadmeis is distributed from
Honduras to Bolivia and Paraguay.
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest habitats at
altitudes between about 600-1200m.
In captivity the larvae have been successfully reared on
Ochroma pyramidale ( Bombacaceae ) but
it is not known which foodplants are used in the wild state.
are scarce, but can sometimes be found imbibing mineralised moisture
from damp ground.
not seen the female.