Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - EPICALIINI
subtribe - EPICALIINA
Cybdelis boliviana, male, Catarata Bayoz, La Merced, Peru ©
The Biblidinae are recognised by their diverse
but simple and colourful patterns. In the neotropics their
representatives include the
tribe Epicaliini, which includes the genera
There are 3
Cybdelis species -
phaesyla and boliviana. All have
a similar pattern of white spots on the dark forewings, which are
overlaid with a deep purple sheen. The species can easily be
distinguished by examining the hindwings - in
phaesyla these are plain dark brown, in
boliviana they have a large central blue patch, and in
mnasylus they have a central white
spot, shot with purple.
is confined to Peru and Bolivia.
This species is found on the eastern slope of the Andes, at
altitudes between about 400-1200m.
The lifecycle of this and all other
species appears to be unknown.
butterflies appear to spend most of the day high in the tree tops, but
males will occasionally descend to imbibe mineralised moisture from
damp soil or boulders, and will fully outspread their wings either in
full sunshine or in shady or overcast conditions.