Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Panoquina evadnes, Medellin, Colombia ©
There are over 1040 species of Grass Skipper ( Hesperiinae ) found
in the neotropical region. A great many of them are dark brown in
colour, and unmarked. There are however numerous species with strong
markings, among which is Panoquina evadnes.
All Panoquina species have dull brown
uppersides. The forewings are pointed, and are marked with a
distinctive pattern whitish or hyaline spots. The undersides vary
according to species, but in many including
evansi and lucas
there is a narrow whitish vertical band on the hindwings.
There are 18 species in the genus Panoquina,
distributed variously from Texas and Florida in the USA, to Bolivia,
Paraguay and Argentina. The commonest and most widely distributed
species is evadnes, which is distributed from Mexico to Argentina.
This species is found in forest edge habitats at elevations between
To be completed.
adults are usually encountered as singletons feeding at bird droppings
or at rest on foliage.