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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Albertus Metalmark
Monethe albertus  FELDER & FELDER, 1862
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Monethe albertus, Pauti, Junin, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Monethe comprises of 2 species, both found exclusively in the neotropical region. 
Monethe albertus is found from Nicaragua to Bolivia.
Habitats
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest habitats at altitudes between about 200-1200m.
Monethe albertus, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Lifecycle
Unknown.
Adult behaviour

Males are usually found singly amidst aggregations of mud-puddling butterflies. Nevertheless they sometimes occur in much larger numbers, e.g. in August 2012, I encountered an aggregation of at least 500 freshly emerged males swarming around a shallow pool at Rio Shima in Peru.

When feeding the butterflies nearly always hold their wings erect, but in warm but overcast weather conditions they will sometimes bask with wings fully outspread.

Monethe albertus, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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