Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
FELDER & FELDER, 1862
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - MELITAEINI
subtribe - PHYCIODINA
male, Satipo, Peru ©
The tribe Melitaeini
is of worldwide distribution. It includes the Crescents and
Checkerspots, and also many familiar European species such as the
Marsh, Glanville, Spotted and Heath Fritillaries.
Telenassa is closely allied to
Anthanassa, and shares similar patterns
and colours - some species being quite plain, with just a few thin
wavy submarginal lines on the hindwings, while others are prettily
marked with spots and / or bands of white, cream or bright orange.
The 16 Anthanassa species are primarily
Central American in distribution, with only a few species extending
their range south of the equator. The 8 known species of
Telenassa however are entirely South
American in distribution.
Telenassa berenice is found in Brazil,
Ecuador, Peru and Argentina.
This species is found
in similar habitats to other Telenassa
species - in disturbed areas of rainforest, including roadsides,
glades and riverbanks, at altitudes between about 400-1200m.
To be completed.
Males are commonly seen
amidst mud-puddling aggregations of Tegosa,
and Ortilia species. They normally feed
and bask with the wings fully outspread.