Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
tribe - PYRRHOPYGINI
Mimoniades nurscia amans, Bosque
She'llot, Peru ©
subfamily Pyrrhopyginae comprises 163 species, most of which are
confined to the Neotropics, although a few occur in Mexico, and a
Pyrrhopyginae are characterised by having a massive muscular thorax
and a conical abdomen with compressed segments. The wings of most
species are black, often with a metallic blue sheen, and are swept
back, half covering the hindwings when the butterflies settle.
There are 5 Mimoniades
species, found variously in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. All
have black wings, marked with semi-hyaline orange bands and/or
spots. Most species have a metallic blue or blue-green sheen over
the wings. Some such as versicolor and
montana have blue-green
Jemadia-like stripes. In
nurscia the blue is confined mainly to
is found in the eastern Andes, from Colombia to Peru.
This species inhabits cloudforest at elevations between about
usually seen when discovered imbibing mineralised water from the edges
of streams on hot sunny mornings.