Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - LYCAENIDAE
About 120 members of the cosmopolitan subfamily Polyommatinae occur
in the neotropical region. Most are confined to the temperate
grasslands of the high Andes, although a few species occur at much
There are Leptotes 12 species, the
commonest and most well known being cassius,
which is found in California, Mexico, Central America, most of the
Caribbean islands, and in Venezuela and Surinam. The other species
are marina from Mexico,
perkinsae from Jamaica,
hedgesi from Cuba,
idealus from Hispaniola,
andicola from Ecuador and Colombia,
delalande from Ecuador,
parrhasioides from the Galapagos
Islands, trigemmatus from Chile; and
bathyllos and lamasi from Peru.
distribution of bathyllos is uncertain
due to confusion with other Leptotes
species. The type specimens are from Peru. If my determination of
the illustrated insect is correct, the range also extends into
Ecuador and Colombia.
This species is found in disturbed grassy habitats at elevations
between about 200-1600m. It is most often seen along roadsides or
regenerating grassy clearings in secondary rainforest.
To be completed.
butterflies are active only in hot sunshine, at which time small
numbers can be found flying in sheltered grassy areas. In overcast or
hazy conditions they roost in a head-downward posture, on flowerheads,
or on the stems of herbaceous or woody plants.