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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Staudinger's Owlet
Narope syllabus  STAUDINGER, 1887
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - MORPHINAE
Tribe - BRASSOLINI
subtribe - BRASSOLINA
Narope syllabus syllabus, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru Peter Bruce-Jones
Introduction
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, Blepolenis, Caligo, Caligopsis, Catoblepia, Dasyophthalma, Dynastor, Mielkella, Eryphanis, Penetes, Mimoblepia, Opoptera, 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.
Habitats
This species is found in rainforest at elevations between about 200-600m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

During daytime 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.

 

 

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