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Red-studded Skipper
Noctuana haematospila  FELDER & FELDER, 1867
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - CARCHARODINI
Noctuana haematospila, Tatama NP, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The 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, of which about 580 are assigned to the tribe Pyrgini.
The genus Noctuana comprises of 6 known species, distributed variously from Mexico to Peru. The underside hindwings of 2 species - stator and haematospila are marked with numerous red studs - hence the common name.
Noctuana haematospila is a found in Colombia and Venezuela.
Habitats
This species is found in forest-edge habitats, including small clearings, riverbanks and roadsides, at elevations between about 300-1600m.
Lifecycle
The larva is pale translucent green, with a black head. It feeds on balsa Ochroma ( Malvaceae ).
Adult behaviour

Males bask on bare soil or low foliage in early morning or late afternoon. Both sexes visit a wide variety of flowers for nectar.

 

 

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