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Sisamnus Dartwhite
Catasticta sisamnus  FABRICIUS, 1793
Family - PIERIDAE
subfamily - PIERINAE
Tribe - PIERINI

Catasticta sisamnus telasco, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Catasticta is comprised of about 90 species, all found in the Andes or the Cordilleras of Central America. The species are sometimes very difficult to identify, as many have very similar patterns on both wing surfaces.
Catasticta sisamnus is found in Colombia, and south to Bolivia.
Catasticta sisamnus telasco, Pauti, Junin, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Habitats
This species is commonly found on the eastern slopes of the Andes at altitudes between about 400-2000m, invariably in the vicinity of small streams.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Catasticta sisamnus telasco, Pauti, Junin, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

Males are usually found singly or in two's or three's. They often settle to drink at the edge of shallow streams, or where small fords cross mountain roads. At these times they are very reluctant to move but if disturbed will fly to settle on nearby foliage until they sense it is safe to return.

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.

Catasticta sisamnus telasco, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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