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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Geyer's Blue Skipper
Pythonides herennius  GEYER, 1838
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - PYRGINI
Pythonides herennius, Rio Claro, Colombia Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The Pyrginae, popularly known as Flats or Spreadwings, are a cosmopolitan subfamily distributed across temperate and tropical habitats throughout the world. In the Americas there are 990 species.
About 580 species are placed within the tribe Pyrgini.
The genus Pythonides is closely allied to Quadrus, Eracon and Sostrata. These genera comprise of small species sharing the characteristic Pyrgine wing shape and a peppering of metallic blue scales overlaid on a dingy brown ground colour. They also have a series of small transparent windows on the forewings which has a different configuration in each genus. In total there are about 45 species in this group of genera, 20 of which are placed in Pythonides.
Pythonides herennius is found from Panama to Peru and Brazil.
Habitats
This species occurs in rainforest at elevations between about 100-600m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

This species is usually encountered as singletons, and is active mainly in hazy sunshine or early in the morning. It periodically basks on the upper surface of tree foliage at a height of about 2-3 metres, interspersed with longer periods spent at rest beneath leaves with wings outspread.

 

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