Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA
Hermeuptychia hermes, Tatama NP, Colombia ©
There are about 400 known
species in the subtribe Euptychiina, which includes all the
neotropical 'ringlet' butterflies. Until fairly recently almost all
were included in the genus Euptychia,
but the revisions by Forster ( 1964 ) and Lamas ( 2004 ) divided
this 'convenience' genus into a number of smaller genera, including
Hermeuptychia comprises of 13 known
species distributed variously from southern Texas to Bolivia, with
the highest diversity of species in Peru.
is the commonest and most widespread species in the genus, and also
one of the most widespread of all neotropical Satyrines. It is found
from Texas to Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina.
This species is
found in open secondary forest, and forest-edge habitats, at
elevations between sea level and about 1800m.
butterflies are often abundant along roadsides and in open disturbed
forest, where they can be found resting on low foliage or imbibing
moisture from damp soil.