Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA
Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru ©
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.
This species bears a strong superficial resemblance to members of
the genus Amphidecta, but is in fact
the sole member of the genus Rareuptychia.
Rareuptychia clio is confined to a small region of lowland
rainforest centred on the intersection of the national boundaries of
Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.
This butterfly seems to be restricted to primary rainforest at
elevations between about 100-700m. It is found deep inside the
forest in areas with high densities of palms and bamboos, and few
known of the early stages.
depicted was encountered in early morning as the first rays of
sunshine broke through the dawn mist. It settled several times on
twigs, branches or tree trunks, and appeared to feed at algal or