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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Alana White Skipper
Heliopetes alana  REAKIRT, 1868
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI
Heliopetes alana, male, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The 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 species, of which about 580 are assigned to the tribe Pyrgini.
There are 14 recognised species in the genus Heliopetes. All have a white ground colour. They can be most easily distinguished from each other by examination of the underside markings. 
This species occurs from Mexico to Argentina.
Habitats

Heliopetes alana is found mainly in disturbed woodland and forest, at altitudes between 0-1500m.

Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

In common with other Heliopetes species the adults normally bask on low foliage, holding their wings half open.

At night and during overcast or rainy weather they usually roost on dead flowerheads with their wings held erect.

 

 

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