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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Two-tone Skipper
Remella remus  FABRICIUS, 1798
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - HESPERIINAE
Remella remus  Tingo Maria, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
In the neotropical region there are 2365 described species of Hesperiidae. The family is divided into 5 subfamilies - Pyrrhopyginae ( Swifts - 163 sp ), Heteropterinae ( Chequered Skippers - 139 sp ), Megathyminae ( Trap-door Skippers - 32 sp ), Pyrginae ( Spreadwings - 991 sp ), and Hesperiinae
( Grass Skippers - 1040 sp ).
The Hesperiinae are known as Grass Skippers, because their larvae feed on grasses, bamboos and other monocotyledons.
The genus Remella is very easily recognised due to the distinctive white central band on the under-side hindwings. There are 5 known species in the genus - duena, rita and vopiscus are found in Central America, while remus and cusullunia are South American species.
Remella remus is distributed from Panama to Bolivia.
Habitats
This species is found in disturbed habitats including forest clearings, riverbanks and roadsides at altitudes between about 400-1800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

These butterflies are usually encountered singly in sheltered areas, e.g. along wide grassy forest trails, woodland edge habitats, roadsides and riverbanks. They are generally discovered sitting on the foliage of bushes or herbaceous plants.

 

 

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