Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Myscelus amystis mysus
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Tribe - PASSOVINI
subfamily Pyrrhopyginae comprises 163 stout-bodied and powerfully
flying species, all of which are confined to the neotropical region.
They are divided into 4 tribes - the Zoniini, Pyrrhopygini,
Oxynetrini and Passovini. The last named includes 26 spectacular
species in the genera
The genus Myscelus
comprises of 11 beautiful species, each sharing the same wing shape
and basic pattern as amystis, although
the shape and configuration of the hyaline windows on the forewings
varies according to species.
The circular hyaline window found on the hindwing
of amystis and
phoronis is absent in some of the other species including
Myscelus amystis is
known from Venezuela, Surinam, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. It
probably also occurs in the upper Amazon basin region of Brazil.
This species appears to be confined to primary rainforest and
transitional cloudforest habitats at elevations between about
To be completed.
Males can sometimes be found imbibing
mineralised moisture from river sandbanks or from the edges of
puddles. They are sedentary in behaviour, spending long periods
basking on the ground.