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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Spider-wing Cupid
Helicopis gnidus  FABRICIUS, 1787
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - HELICOPINI
Helicopis gnidus, Ecuador Tony Hoare
Introduction
The Helicopis Cupids are closely related to Sarota and Anteros but are quite different in appearance and behaviour.
The genus comprises of 3 species - cupido, gnidus and endymiaena. All 3 have impressive tail-like extensions to the hindwings, and a set of silvery spots. The markings on the hindwings of gnidus, in combination with the long tails produce a spider-like pattern which probably serves as a form of defensive disguise.
Helicopis gnidus is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. There are 7 named subspecies.
Habitats
This species is found in primary rainforest, typically between 200-800m above sea level.
It is usually encountered in marshy habitats e.g. around the margins of lagoons.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

As with other Helicopis species, both sexes tend to be found when at rest under the leaves of tall vegetation growing around the edges of lagoons.

 

 

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