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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Widespread Glory
Myscelus amystis mysus  EVANS, 1951
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRRHOPYGINAE
Tribe - PASSOVINI

Myscelus amystis, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The 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 Aspitha, Azonax, Granila, Myscelus and Passova. 
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 epimachia and santhilarius. 
Myscelus amystis is known from Venezuela, Surinam, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. It probably also occurs in the upper Amazon basin region of Brazil.
Habitats
This species appears to be confined to primary rainforest and transitional cloudforest habitats at elevations between about 200-1200 metres.
Myscelus amystis, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

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.

Myscelus amystis, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins

 

 

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