Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - EURYBIINI
© Tony Hoare
There are 5 known Teratophthalma
species, all of which are restricted to the eastern Andes from
Colombia to Bolivia.
The butterflies are
closely allied to Eurybia and share
with them the characteristic red or orange ringed ocelli on the
forewings. With the exception of monochroma
Teratophthalma species have extensive
markings, which are
more pronounced in the females.
is distributed from Colombia to Peru.
This species occurs in rainforest and cloudforest habitats at
elevations between about 800-1800m. The butterflies are never seen
in open sunlit areas, instead preferring the darkness of the forest
adults are secretive by nature, spending long periods resting under
the leaves of low growing vegetation, with wings spread open. In
common with most other Riodinids they habitually rest with their
antennae parallel and pointing forward.