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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Marbled Grass Skipper
Pompeius pompeius  LATREILLE, 1824
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - HESPERIINAE
Pompeius pompeius Santa Fe de Antioquoia, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are at least 1038 known species of Grass Skippers ( Hesperiinae ) found in the neotropical region. Many of them are dull brown in colour, and virtually devoid of recognisable markings. Some genera however such as Pompeius are easy to recognise due to strongly patterned undersides, or because they have a distinctive configuration of pale spots at the apex of the forewing.
There are 6 species known in the genus Pompeius, one of which, verna is found as far north as the USA. The remaining 5 species are distributed variously from Colombia to Bolivia.
Pompeius pompeius occurs from Colombia to Brazil and Peru.
Habitats
This species is found in degraded forest, and forest-edge habitats, at elevations between sea-level and about 1000m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes are usually encountered as singletons, resting on the foliage of bushes in forest-edge habitats.

Pompeius pompeius male, Rio Shima, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins

 

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