Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI
Mylon pelopidas, Rio Alto Madre de Dios, Peru ©
The genus Mylon
contains 15 known species, all with the same characteristic wing
shape and pale greyish-white ground colour. Some species are faintly
marked, while others are quite heavily marbled with dark brown.
Mylon pelopidas is
found from Mexico to Bolivia.
This species occurs at elevations from sea level to about 1200m, in
semi-open situations within forested areas. It is usually seen along
wide sunlit tracks, or forest edge habitats.
The lifecycle appears to be unrecorded. Generally, Pyrgine
butterflies lay their eggs singly on either the upperside or
underside of leaves. The larvae are typically dull green or
brownish, with thin longitudinal lines along the back and sides, and
with black shiny heads. They feed typically on herbaceous plants,
but a small percentage feed on the leaves of bushes or trees. The
pupae are usually dark and smooth, with the wing cases in a
contrasting tone or colour. They are normally formed within silken
tents formed by spinning together the leaves of the foodplant.
Both sexes bask on bushes or low
herbage, with wings outspread. Males are seen more frequently, usually
when imbibing moisture from around the edges of muddy puddles, or from
damp ditch beds where there is a lot of decaying vegetation.