Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Tribe - PASSOVINI
Satipo, Peru ©
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
comprises of 11 beautiful species, each sharing the same wing shape
and basic pattern as epimachia,
although the shape and configuration of the hyaline windows varies
according to species. Some species including
nobilis and phoronis have an
additional circular hyaline window on the hindwings.
is found in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay.
This species appears to be confined to primary rainforest and
transitional cloudforest habitats at elevations between about
Catarata Bayoz, Le Merced, Peru ©
To be completed.
Males can often be found imbibing
mineralised moisture from river sandbanks or from the edges of
puddles. They are usually found singly, amidst multi-species