Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - EUMAEINI
Cyanophrys longula male, Medellin,
Colombia © Adrian
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.
There are 17 Cyanophrys species, found
variously from Mexico to Paraguay. All have metallic green
undersides, marked with a row of white dots on the hindwing. All
species possess a filamentous tail, but this is usually lost on
examples that have been flying for more than a couple of days.
Cyanophrys longula is distributed from
Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela.
This butterfly is found in cloudforest habitats at elevations
between about 1400-2400m.
To be completed.
spend most of their time perching on bushes, where their green
colouration affords them excellent camouflage.
Cyanophrys longula female, Medellin,
Colombia © Les Catchick