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Pallid Mylon
Mylon pelopidas  FABRICIUS, 1793
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI

Mylon pelopidas, Rio Alto Madre de Dios, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
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.
Habitats
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.
Lifecycle
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.
Adult behaviour

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.

 

 

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