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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Willmott's Admiral
Hypanartia trimaculata  LAMAS, WILLMOTT & HALL, 2001
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - NYMPHALINAE
Tribe - NYMPHALINI
Hypanartia trimaculata, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The Nymphalinae includes many of the most well known and beautiful Palaearctic butterflies such as the Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, Painted Lady Vanessa cardui, Camberwell Beauty Nymphalis antiopa, Comma Polygonia c-album, and Peacock Inachis io. Among the neotropical representatives are Colobura, Smyrna, Napeocles, Siproeta, Baeotus, Historis, Junonia, Anartia and Hypanartia.
There are 14 Hypanartia species, all of which occur primarily in the subtropical climes of the Andean cloudforests and the Cordilleras of Central America.
Hypanartia trimaculata is distributed fropm Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela. There are 3 named subspecies.
Hypanartia trimaculata, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Habitats
This is a cloudforest butterfly, found at elevations between about 1000-1800m.
Hypanartia trimaculata, Antioquoia, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Hypanartia trimaculata, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

Males visit seepages and urine-soaked ground along roadsides, and the  edges of streams. They flit nervously from spot to spot until they find a patch of ground rich in dissolved minerals, where they drink, while periodically fanning their wings.

Hypanartia trimaculata, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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