Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Pellicia costimacula HERRICH-SCHÄFFER,
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI
Pellicia costimacula, Satipo, Peru
© Steve Meredith
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
tribe Eudamini includes 44 genera in the Americas, amongst which are
the Long-tailed Skippers Urbanus,
Aguna; and other familiar genera including
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.
is distributed from Panama to Paraguay.
This species is found in tropical and subtropical forest at
altitudes between about 200-1200m.
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.