Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
FELDER & FELDER, 1867
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA
Tatama NP, Colombia
© Peter Bygate
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.
There are 22
named species in the genus Forsterinaria,
distributed variously from Mexico to Bolivia and s.e. Brazil. It is
likely that several more remain to be discovered.
is endemic to Colombia.
occurs in cloudforest at elevations between about 1600-2000m.
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.
The adults are usually seen singly along roadsides in cloudforest