Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - EUMAEINI
Bayoz, Le Merced, Peru ©
Almost all neotropical Theclinae species are placed in the Eumaeini.
The tribe is not particularly well represented in collections, so
until fairly recently a high percentage remained unstudied, and were
inappropriately filed away in the 'convenience' genus
Thecla. Many taxonomists have attempted
to rationalise the systematics of the Eumaeini, the most recent
being Robbins who published a revision in 2004, reclassifying the
taxa into 83 genera. Currently there are 1058 known species. Taking
into account their small size, secretive behaviour, and the great
similarities between many species, it is estimated that about
another 200 species probably remain to be discovered.
There are 8 Rekoa species, all of which
are neotropical in distribution. Five of them -
and bourkei are 'typical' hairstreaks -
their undersides are plain brown, marked with red tornal spots on
the hindwings, and the hairline streak from which the popular name
"hairstreak" is derived. Two of the others, i.e.
malina, have a series of suffused dark lines on the
undersides, but the striking tiger stripes and false 'cat's eye' on
the hindwings of meton are unique.
Males of all Rekoa species have
iridescent blue uppersides. Females are brown with only a vague pale
Rekoa meton is distributed from Mexico
to Bolivia and Paraguay.
This species is found in tropical and subtropical forest-edge
habitats at altitudes from 200-800m.
To be completed.
butterflies are normally seen singly. Males can be found perched on
foliage or dead flower heads, presumably using these outposts as
perching places from which to survey passing females. They are also
sometimes seen imbibing moisture from the ground.