Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - CALLICORINI
subtribe - CALLICORINA
Orophila diotima, Manu cloudforest, 1500m, San Pedro, Madre
de Dios, Peru ©
Orophila is closely allied to
Perisama, with which it often flies.
There are only two species in the genus -
cardases and diotima, both of
which are confined to the Andes.
occurs in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Orophila diotima, Manu cloudforest, 1900m, Peru ©
This species inhabits cloudforests in the eastern Andes, at
altitudes between about 1300-2200m.
Manu cloudforest, 1400m,
San Pedro, Madre de Dios, Peru ©
The butterfly is usually
encountered as solitary males, aggregating with
Perisama and various Satyrines to imbibe dissolved minerals
from moisture on damp paths or at the edge of rivulets.
adults tend to favour areas of dappled sunlight, and in these
conditions will often bask with wings outspread on the ground.
sunshine they tend to spend most of their time settled on the foliage
of bushes and trees, at heights of between 2-6 metres, making
occasional forays to the sunlit ground, but rarely settle for more
than a second or two in one spot.