Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
MABILLE & BOULLET,
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - ERYNNINI
Mylon illineatus, Catarata Bayoz, La Merced, Peru ©
Pyrginae, popularly known as Flats or Spreadwings, are a
cosmopolitan subfamily distributed across temperate and tropical
habitats throughout the world. In the Americas there are 990 species.
The genus Mylon
contains 15 known species, all with the same characteristic wing
shape and pale greyish-white ground colour. Some species like
pelopidas are faintly marked, while
others are quite heavily marbled with dark brown.
Mylon illineatus is
found on the eastern slopes of the Andes, from Colombia to Bolivia.
This species occurs in rainforest and cloudforest habitats at
elevations between about 400-1600m on the eastern slopes of the
To be completed.
In cloudy conditions the
butterflies fly in open areas along roadsides, nectaring at flowers of
various species. In hot and sunny conditions the males settle on the
ground to imbibe moisture from the edges of puddles and ditches.