Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Perisama lanice picteti
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - CALLICORINI
subtribe - CALLICORINA
Perisama lanice picteti, Huanuco, Peru
© Peter Maddison
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
Perisama comprises 32 known species. They are
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
Perisama lanice is
found in Ecuador and
Subspecies picteti and
latimargo are endemic to Peru.
This species is found on the eastern slope of the Andes, at
altitudes between about 1000-2200m.
To be completed.
Perisama species, the
butterflies spend the early mornings and late afternoons settled high
in the trees, but become very active in mid-morning, dashing back and
forth between the tree tops and the surface of the ground.
This species is usually seen
singly, sometimes in the company of other
Perisama species, visiting damp ground close to human
habitations. The butterfly is extremely active in hot sunshine,
flitting rapidly back and forth just above the surface of the ground,
stopping momentarily here and there on rocks, boulders and patches of