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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
White-lined Satyr
Parataygetis lineata  GODMAN & SALVIN, 1880
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA
Parataygetis lineata, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are 1100 known species of Satyrinae in the neotropical region. About 400 of these are placed in the Euptychiina. Butterflies within this tribe include the 'ringlet' genera Euptychia, Magneuptychia, Harjesia, Cissia, Caeruleuptychia, Magneuptychia, Harjesia etc; together with Oressinoma and the various 'wood nymph' genera i.e. Parataygetis, Posttaygetis and Taygetis. Most are inhabitants of the forest understorey and tend to fly close to the ground. They generally avoid sunlight and prefer to fly at dawn or on cloudy days when light levels and temperatures are low.
There are 2 Parataygetis species - albinotata - a Bolivian species with a strongly marked underside with 2 broad white bands and prominent ocelli; and lineata which usually has a single thin white line and reduced ocelli. In some forms of lineata the white line is absent.
Parataygetis lineata is distributed from Costa Rica to Colombia.
Habitats
This species breeds in cloudforest at altitudes between about 1200-2000m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Parataygetis fly in open grassy glades and along roadsides within cloudforest. Males are sometimes seen imbibing moisture from damp ground, but both sexes are more commonly seen at rest on low herbage.

Parataygetis lineata, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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