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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Lagora Metalmark
Leucochimona lagora  HERRICH-SCHAFFER, 1853
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Leucochimona lagora, Tatama NP, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are 1324 known species of Riodinidae in the neotropical region.
Members of the genus Leucochimona are easily recognised. They all have translucent whitish wings marked with a similar pattern of narrow dark bands. Some species including vestalis, hyphea and matisca have prominent ocelli in the forewing discal cell on both wing surfaces. In others including lagora, lepida and molina the ocelli are usually only present on the underside, but the translucency of the wings allows them to show through to the upper surface. In several species including icare, anophthalma and aequatorialis the ocelli are absent from both surfaces.
The 10 Leucochimona species are distributed variously from Mexico to Bolivia and Brazil.
Leucochimona lagora is distributed from Honduras to Ecuador.
Habitats
This species is found in cloudforest at elevatrions between about 1000-1600m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Leucochimona lagora, Tatama NP, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

The butterfles occur in localised colonies so it is usual to see half a dozen or so in close proximity. Both sexes habitually settle on the underside of leaves, usually at a height of between 1-3m above ground level.

Leucochimona lagora, Tatama NP, Colombia Adrian Hoskins

 

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