Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - CHARAXINAE
Tribe - ANAEINI
Hypna clytemnestra, Tingo Maria, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins
The genus Hypna
contains just one species, clytemnestra.
upperside is black, with broad creamy white bands across the
forewings. Like most members of the Charaxinae, it has a cryptic
underside pattern, resembling a dead withered leaf.
occurs from Mexico to Argentina.
This species is found in the Amazonian lowlands and Andean
foothills, at altitudes between about 100-800m.
The eggs are globular, and laid singly on the foliage of
( Euphorbiaceae ).
grown caterpillar is pale brown, with a prominent thoracic hump, and
has reddish tubercules along the back, from which long black setae
The butterfly is uncommon,
and always encountered singly. It appears to spend most of it's life
high in the trees, and can usually only be observed from a distance
through binoculars. Occasionally a butterfly will descend however,
attracted by rotting fruit or sap runs, and at such times it often
first settles on nearby foliage.