Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - ERYNNINI
Mylon cajus Rio Madre de Dios, Peru ©
Pyrginae, popularly known as Flats or Spreadwings, are a
cosmopolitan subfamily distributed across temperate and tropical
habitats throughout the world. In the Americas there are 990 species.
The genus Mylon
contains 15 known species, all with the same characteristic wing
shape and pale greyish-white ground colour. Some species are faintly
marked, while others are quite heavily marbled with dark brown.
Mylon cajus is
distributed from Colombia to Peru and Brazil.
This species occurs at elevations from between about 500-1800m, in
semi-open situations within forested areas. It is usually seen along
wide sunlit tracks, or forest edge habitats.
To be completed.
Both sexes bask on bushes or low
herbage, with wings outspread. Males are seen more frequently, usually
when imbibing moisture from around the edges of muddy puddles, or from
damp ditch beds where there is a lot of decaying vegetation.