Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Napaea heteroea, Tingo Maria, Peru ©
are 15 described Napaea species,
distributed variously from Mexico to Brazil and Bolivia.
Napaea are easily recognised by their
distinctive pattern of spots, although in some species such as
melampia the markings are greatly
reduced, and in others e.g. calitra the
outer spots are elongated into chevrons. The pattern is usually
identical on both wing surfaces, but the markings on the dorsal
surface are white rather than metallic blue.
authorities e.g. Lamas place heteroea
and the very similar species actoris in
the closely allied genus Cremna.
Napaea heteroea is found in Colombia,
Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
This species is found
in primary and degraded forest at elevations between about 400-800m.
To be completed.
Males habitually perch
under the leaves of bushes and saplings, with the wings outspread.
However they will sometimes bask on the upper surface of leaves in
late afternoon in places where dappled sunlight filters down through