Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Rio Pindayo, Peru ©
There are at least 1038 known species of Grass Skippers (
Hesperiinae ) found in the neotropical region. Among these are
several genera in which the butterflies are dark in colour, with the
veins on the underside picked out in a contrasting paler shade.
These include Apaustus,
Vehilius. To distinguish between the genera it is necessary
to study the venation, and the markings between the veins. In some
genera / species the spaces are devoid of markings, while in others
there are pale streaks, dashes or spots, in various configurations.
There are 12 known species in the genus
Vehilius, of which Vehilius stictomenes
is the commonest and most widespread, being found across most of
tropical South America.
This species can be found in almost any grassy habitat including
riverbanks, forest glades, edges and clearings, fields and pastures,
roadsides, parks and gardens, at altitudes between sea level and at
To be completed.
butterflies are very active in sunshine, but can often be found at
rest during overcast weather, or very early in the day, when they sit
with wings held erect, on low herbage.