Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - MORPHINAE
Tribe - BRASSOLINI
subtribe - BRASSOLINA
Rio Madre de Dios, Peru
© Peter Bruce-Jones
The Morphinae comprises
of about 140-150 neotropical species, of which 93 are included
within the tribe Brassolini. Of these 73 are placed in the
Brassolina - a subtribe
including the genera Brassolis,
Opsiphanes, Orobrassolis and Selenophanes.
All Brassolines are crepuscular or nocturnal in behaviour, although
a few species also fly by day in the darkest areas of the forest.
There are 17
Narope species variously distributed
from Mexico to Paraguay. The uppersides of most species are plain
brown. The undersides are all similar to that of
syllabus although the ground colour
varies in hue, and the marbling varies slightly in pattern and
intensity from one species to another.
Narope syballus is found in western Brazil, and in the
Amazonian lowlands of Peru.
This species is found in rainforest at elevations between about
Narope rest among dead leaves or low down
on tree trunks. They are normally only seen at dawn when they visit
rotting fruit on the forest floor.