Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Aegina Numberwing
Callicore lyca aegina  FELDER & FELDER, 1861
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE

Callicore lyca aegina, Manu cloudforest, 1500m, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
There are about 20 species in the genus Callicore, all of which bear distinctive and graphic patterns on the underside hindwings. Unfortunately these beautiful butterflies are killed in vast numbers for their wings which are used by the souvenir trade for the production of decorated plates, jewellery, place mats and other trivia.
Callicore lyca occurs as 10 named subspecies ranging from Mexico to Bolivia. The race aegina is restricted to southern Peru.
This species is found at altitudes between 0-1800m in rainforest and cloudforest habitats. Like other Callicore species it is often found near habitations.
The eggs are white, and are laid singly on Serjania or Allophylus ( Sapindaceae ).

Callicore lyca aegina, Manu cloudforest, 1400m, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are solitary in behaviour, but usually when one is found there will be 2 or 3 others in the general vicinity. They have a rapid, powerful flight over short distances, and often settle on the walls of wooden buildings.

Peak activity takes place mid-morning. At this time males dash about in circles, occasionally settling momentarily to imbibe mineralised moisture from rocks or road surfaces. These bouts of frenetic activity are interspersed with periods of several minutes at a time when they retire to rest in tree tops. After satisfying themselves that no danger is present, they descend again, and once settled will remain stationary for several minutes.



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