Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - BIBLIDINI
subtribe - EURYTELINA
azeca azeca, Rio
Madre de Dios, Peru ©
contains 3 known species, azeca,
eueidiformis, all of which are confined to the neotropics.
They are characterised by having blackish uppersides marked with
white bands, and undersides patterned in orange and white.
is found throughout much of Amazonia from Colombia to Bolivia. The
subspecies found in Peru, as illustrated here, is known as
V. a. azeca. Other races include
cacica in which the bands are broken
into spots; and the beautiful stalactoides
which has an underside reminiscent of the Riodinid genus
species appears to be confined to lowland rainforests at altitudes
below about 800m.
The butterflies are invariably
encountered singly, usually as males basking on low foliage in dappled
sunlight. Males sit motionless for long periods on shaded leaves,
waiting for passing females. They also occasionally descend to imbibe
mineralised moisture from rocks or riverbeds.
azeca azeca, Rio Madre de Dios, Peru ©