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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Frosted Tufted Skipper
Pellicia costimacula  HERRICH-SCHÄFFER, 1870
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI

Pellicia costimacula, Satipo, Peru © Steve Meredith
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.
The tribe Eudamini includes 44 genera in the Americas, amongst which are the Long-tailed Skippers Urbanus, Chioides and Aguna; and other familiar genera including Phocides, Autochton, Astraptes Pellicia and Calaenorrhinus.
The genus Pellicia comprises of 16 stout-bodied, medium sized skippers, all of which are confined to various parts of the neotropical region. All have dark greyish brown wings, often with a faint bluish or purplish sheen, and a pattern of suffused dark markings.
Pellicia costimacula is distributed from Panama to Paraguay.
Habitats
This species is found in tropical and subtropical forest at altitudes between about 200-1200m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Males are almost always seen as singletons, usually when imbibing mineralised moisture from river beaches, muddy tracks or around the edges of lagoons. I have not observed the female.

 

 

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