Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - ERYNNINI
Gesta gesta, Carpish, Peru ©
Pyrginae, popularly known as Flats or Spreadwings, are a
cosmopolitan subfamily distributed across temperate and tropical
habitats throughout the world. In the Americas there are 990
Gesta are closely allied to the
Holarctic genus Erynnis, which they
very much resemble in behaviour as well as in appearance. There are
5 Gesta species. Four of them
- austerus, gesta,
inga are neotropical in distribution, while the fifth -
invisus, ranges from Texas south to
Gesta gesta is
distributed from Costa Rica to Argentina.
This species breeds in disturbed grassy habitats at altitudes
between sea level and about 1000m.
To be completed.
are usually encountered as small colonies. In sunny conditions they
bask on the ground or on low foliage. In overcast or rainy weather,
and overnight, they go to roost hanging from dead leaves, with their
wings folded back like a Noctuid moth.