Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI
Catasticta apaturina citra,
Bosque She'llot, Peru
© Peter Maddison
The genus Catasticta is comprised of
90 species, all found in the Andes and in the Cordilleras of Central
America. Many of the species are difficult to identify, due to the
very similar patterns on both wing surfaces.
is found in the eastern Andes, in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
This is a cloudforest species, found at altitudes between about
Males are usually found singly.
They often sit wedged amongst small semi-submerged rocks and pebbles
at the edge of shallow streams, or where small fords cross mountain
roads. At these times they are very reluctant to move, perhaps because
the cool water reduces their body temperature.
Females rarely settle on the
ground, and are instead encountered in flight on mountain passes, or
when feeding at flowers at cloudforest / grassland transition zones.