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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Green-headed Sootywing
Gorgopas chlorocephala  HERRICH-SCHÄFFER, 1870
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
tribe - PYRGINI
Gorgopas chlorocephala, Satipo, Peru © Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The Pyrginae is a cosmopolitan subfamily, its members being distributed across both temperate and tropical habitats throughout the world. The 990 neotropical species include about 580 which are assigned to the tribe Pyrgini.
The genus Gorgopas contains 5 species, trochilus, chlorocephala, petale, gutta and agylla. All have metallic green scales on the head, palpi and prothorax.
Gorgopas chlorocephala is found over most of the neotropical region from Nicaragua to Bolivia.
Habitats
This is a lowland rainforest species, found at altitudes from about 100-1000m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Like other Gorgopas species, the butterfly is almost always encountered singly, usually when a male is seen imbibing mineralised moisture from sandbanks, peccary wallows or muddy paths. At these times it is often very active, skipping from spot to spot, always settling with wings outspread. When it finds a particularly good feeding spot it tends to walk about in circles, constantly changing it's position. After 3 or 4 minutes of feeding it becomes mildly intoxicated, and is then quite placid and easy to approach. If molested it will will fly up and settle on the foliage of a nearby tree, where it will remain stationary until it feels it is safe to return.

 

 

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