Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Siseme pallas, Arrierito Piha reserve,
The genus Siseme comprises of 9 known
species, all found exclusively in the neotropical region.
The various species are all of similar shape, but differ in colour
and pattern - militaris for example is
plain grey, except for a broad orange horizontal streak along the
costa of the hindwing. The other species are grey or dark brown in
colour, and marked according to species with bands or patches of
white or orange. In many species there is a paler outer band, often
in the form of grey rays running parallel to the veins.
Siseme pallas is extremely similar to
neurodes but can be distinguished from
it by the shape of the orange spots at the tornus.
Siseme pallas is found in Colombia,
Ecuador and Peru. There are 3 subspecies.
This species is found in cloudforest habitats at elevations between
about 800-2000 metres.
To be completed.
The males are most often seen on warm
overcast days, when they settle on the ground with wings either fully
outspread. Females are virtually unknown, and probably spend their
entire lives high in the forest canopy.