Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Santana Tufted Skipper
Pellicia santana WILLIAMS
& BELL, 1938
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - EUDAMINI
Pellicia santana, Rio Claro, Colombia
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
The 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. Many of the species are very difficult to
separate visually, so the identification of the illustrated insect
as santana is tentative.
Pellicia santana is recorded from
Ecuador and Peru. If my determination is correct its range also
extends north into Colombia and possibly Panama.
This species is found in tropical and subtropical forest at
altitudes between about 100-800m.
To be completed.
Males are almost always seen as singletons, usually when imbibing
mineralised moisture from river beaches, muddy tracks or around the
edges of lagoons.