Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Colombian Banded Gem
FELDER & FELDER, 1865
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Crocozona pheretima Santa Fe de
Antioquoia, Colombia ©
There are more than 1150 species of Riodinidae in the neotropical
region, but far fewer elsewhere in the world. Many Riodinids have
bands of red or orange, or are peppered with metallic silver, blue
or green scales, hence the popular name of metalmarks.
The genus Crocozona comprises of 4
species. Two of these, fasciata and
pheretima are marked with broad orange
bands on the forewings only. The others -
coecias and croceifasciata, have
narrower bands on both fore and hindwings.
Crocozona pheretima is endemic to
This species occurs in disturbed rainforest habitats at elevations
between about 200- 1000m. It is typically seen along roadsides,
riverbanks, wide forest tracks and other semi-open habitats.
To be completed.
This sun-loving little Riodinid can often be found in two's and
three's basking on ferns or other low foliage in open, forested
habitats. It has a rapid twisting flight that is difficult to follow,
but it usually resettles only a short distance from it's original
In very hot weather, or when there is a threat of rain, the
butterflies hide beneath the leaves of bushes or low growing herbage,
with wings outspread.