Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - EUMAEINI
Tingo Maria, Peru
Almost all neotropical Theclinae species are placed in the Eumaeini.
The tribe is not particularly well represented in collections, so
until fairly recently a high percentage remained unstudied, and were
inappropriately filed away in the 'convenience' genus
Thecla. Many taxonomists have attempted
to rationalise the systematics of the Eumaeini, the most recent
being Robbins who published a revision in 2004, reclassifying the
taxa into 83 genera. Currently there are 1058 known species. Taking
into account their small size, secretive behaviour, and the great
similarities between many species, it is estimated that about
another 200 species probably remain to be discovered.
are 4 known species of Chalybs, found
variously from Mexico to Bolivia.
Chalybs janias is the commonest and
most widely distributed member of the genus, occuring from Guatemala
to Peru and Brazil.
This species is found in mildly disturbed areas of tropical and
subtropical rainforest at altitudes from about 400-1200m.
To be completed.
probably spend most of their time perching on bushes, where their
green colouration affords them excellent camouflage.