Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - MELITAEINI
subtribe - PHYCIODINA
Tatama NP, Colombia
© Adrian Hoskins
tribe Melitaeini is of worldwide distribution. It includes the
Crescents and Checkerspots of North America, and also many familiar
European species such as the Marsh, Spotted and Heath Fritillaries.
closely related to Castalia,
Eresia, in fact that these genera can only be distinguished
by microscopic examination of the male genitalia.
There are 3 Janatella species -
hera from Guyana,
fellula from Colombia, and leucodesma
which is the most widespread species being found from Nicaragua to
Colombia and Venezuela.
Janatella fellula is endemic to
This species is found in cloudforest at elevations between about
To be completed.
Both sexes nectar at flowers, but the butterfly is more often seen
when males settle in hot sunshine to imbibe moisture from forest
paths and trails.