Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA
Posttaygetis penelea, Satipo, Peru
© Dave Griffiths
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
Magneuptychia, Harjesia etc;
together with Oressinoma and the
various "wood nymph" genera i.e. Parataygetis,
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.
The genus Posttaygetis
contains just a single species penelea.
It cannot be confused with any other species.
distributed from Costa Rica to Peru and Brazil.
This species breeds in primary rainforest at altitudes between sea
level and about 800m.
To be completed.
butterfly is a denizen of the dark undergrowth, and flies mainly in
the early mornings, between about 0700-0900hrs. At other times it
usually hides away amongst the rootlets of palms or amongst leaf
litter around the base of trees. The adults fly only very short
distances, rarely more than 2-3 metres at a time, and always close to