Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
BÁLINT & LAMAS,
Family - LYCAENIDAE
Nabokovia cuzquenha, Huacarpay, Cusco,
There are 120 members of the subfamily Polyommatinae in the
The genus Nabokovia
is named in honour of the Russian writer and lepidopterist Vladimir
Nabokov. It contains 3 species - cuzquenha,
ada and faga.
The butterflies are easily recognised by the very straight outer
margin of the forewings, the long labial palpi, and the pattern of
dark spots on the undersides.
is endemic to Peru.
Nabokovia cuzquenha is found at
altitudes between about 2800-3500m on the dry puna grasslands of
butterflies are active in warm sunny weather, darting about in zigzag
fashion, and the flight is very difficult to follow with the eye.
Males alight on small bushes,
on the terminal leaves, but tend not to return to the same place if
disturbed, so the behaviour appears not to be territorial.
Both sexes nectar at various
species of flower, at
which times they habitually hold their wings in a half-open position.