Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Mariposa, Satipo, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins
Lasaia contains 14 species, all of
which are found exclusively in the neotropics. They are small
butterflies, averaging about 30mm in wingspan. Males have extremely
reflective wing scales, shimmering in metallic turquoise, blue or
steely grey according to species. Females are rarely seen. They are
generally a dull
earthy brown colour. Both sexes have a similar pattern of black
Lasaia moeros has more linear markings
than other Lasaia species, and is a
beautiful pale sky blue colour with no trace of green or turquoise.
This species is
confined to Peru and Bolivia.
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest habitats at
altitudes between about 400-1200m on the eastern slopes of the
The eggs are flattened, and resemble a pair of stacked pies. I have
no other information regarding the lifecycle. The foodplant of the
related Lasaia sula is
Albizia ( Fabaceae ) so it is likely
that other Lasaia species feed on
appear to be no known specimens of the female of this species.
are rare, but sometimes encountered when imbibing mineral-rich
moisture from pebbly riverbanks or forest tracks.
are only active in sunny weather, but tend to be found in places where
dappled sunlight filters through to the ground, rather than on exposed
Satipo, Peru ©