Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Magdalena Valley Ringlet
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe - SATYRINI
subtribe - EUPTYCHIINA
Arrierito Piha reserve Colombia
© Adrian Hoskins
There are 1100 known species of Satyrinae in the neotropical region.
About 400 of these are placed in the Euptychiina. Butterflies within
this tribe include the 'ringlet' genera
Magneuptychia etc; together with
Oressinoma and the various 'wood nymph' genera i.e.
Posttaygetis and Taygetis. Most
are inhabitants of the forest understorey and tend to fly close to
the ground. They generally avoid sunlight and prefer to fly at dawn
or on cloudy days when light levels and temperatures are low.
Until fairly recently almost all of the 'ringlets' were placed in
the genus Euptychia but revisions by
Forster and Lamas divide this convenience genus into a number of
smaller genera, on the basis of anatomical differences and larval
foodplants. The new genus Splendeuptychia
contains 46 species, including 23 which at the time of writing
(2013) have not yet been assigned scientific names.
is endemic to the Magdalena valley in Colombia. It can be
distinguished from its close Ecuadorian relative
toynei by its 'hairier' labial palpi.
occurs in cloudforest at elevations between about 1600-2000m.
To be completed.
is semi-crepuscular in habit, preferring to fly when temperatures and
light levels are low, at dawn and dusk, or on overcast days.