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Hewitson's Perisama
Perisama clisithera  HEWITSON, 1874
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - CALLICORINI
subtribe - CALLICORINA
Perisama clisithera, Bosque She'llot, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The Biblidinae are recognised by their diverse but simple and colourful patterns. In the neotropics their representatives include the Callicorina - a subtribe of small-medium sized butterflies, marked on the uppersides with bands of metallic blue or green. The Callicorina includes the genus Diaethria, instantly recognised by the 88 or 89 markings on the undersides, and Perisama, which are similar on the uppersides, but have plain undersides marked only with dots and wavy lines.
The genus Perisama comprises 32 known species. They are medium-sized butterflies with blackish uppersides, marked with diagonal bands of turquoise or green on the forewings. Many species also have a band of the same colour around the hindwing margins. Perisama species are found mostly in the Andean cloudforests at altitudes between 1200-2400m, but there is also a species endemic to Costa Rica, and another endemic to Mexico. 
Perisama clisithera is found in the eastern Andes of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Perisama clisithera, Bosque She'llot, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Habitats
This is a cloudforest species, found at altitudes between about 2000-3000m.
Perisama clisithera, Bosque She'llot, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

As with other Perisama species, the butterflies spend the early mornings settled in the trees, but as the day warms up they suddenly become very active, dashing back and forth between the tree tops and periodically dropping down to imbibe moisture from damp road surfaces and rocks.

Perisama clisithera, Bosque She'llot, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
 

 

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