Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Tribe - PASSOVINI
subfamily Pyrrhopyginae comprises 163 stout-bodied and powerfully
flying species, all of which are confined to the neotropics. They
are divided into 4 tribes - Zoniini, Pyrrhopygini, Oxynetrini and
Passovini. The last named includes 26 spectacular species in the
The genus Myscelus
includes 11 large and beautiful species which share the same wing
shape and basic pattern as santhilarius,
although the shape and configuration of the hyaline windows varies
according to species. M.draudti can
easily be confused with the commoner epimachia
but the latter has an additional hyaline spot between the 2 outer
Myscelus draudti is
found in Bolivia and Peru.
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 damp sand. They are
usually found singly.