Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Yarinacocha, Ucayali, Peru ©
There are 3 species in the genus
Riodina, all of which are
confined to the neotropical region. They are all characterised by
the presence of orange bands on the fore and hindwings, but only
lysippus has the whitish spots in the
basal area. The other 2 species are
lysippoides which is similar in shape but has narrower orange
bands; and lycisca which lacks the
stubby black tails on the hindwings.
Riodina lysippus is a widely
distributed species, being found from Venezuela to Bolivia. The
other species have a more southerly distribution -
lysippoides is found in southern
Bolivia, Paraguay, northern Argentina and Uruguay; and
lycisca is found in southern Brazil,
Argentina and Paraguay.
This is a lowland rainforest species which is usually found in the
vicinity of rivers, streams or lagoons at altitudes between about
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of between 4 - 20 males can often be found aggregating on damp or wet
ground at the edges of lagoons, rivers and streams. They tend to
arrive at these feeding spots in late morning, and remain until dusk,
when they gradually disperse. When feeding they usually sit with wings
held half open, and tend to walk or skip about on the ground, while
constantly probing with their proboscises.
Females are seen less often but in similar situations. Unlike the
males they do not imbibe moisture from the ground, but instead settle
on the nearby foliage of small plants or bushes.