Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - NYMPHIDIINI
subtribe - NYMPHIDIINA
© Adrian Hoskins
There are 47 known members of the genus Theope,
distributed variously from Mexico to Argentina and Bolivia.
The species vary considerably in appearance - e.g. the upperside of
eudocia is bright orange with a broad
black apex within which is a patch of metallic violet-blue. At the
opposite extreme, nycteis is pale
brown, mottled heavily with blackish, and has a prominent
double-pupilled ocellus at the apex of the hindwing. The vast
majority of species including eurygonina
are black on the upperside, with a dazzling metallic blue sheen
across the basal half of the forewings and over the entire surface
of the hindwings. Several of these including
and dabrerae are bright yellow on the
Theope pedias is distributed from
Mexico to Guyana and Brazil.
This species is found in rainforest at altitudes between about
To be completed.
The adults are usually encountered as solitary males, perching on or
under foliage with their wings held erect or slightly apart.