Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Huanuco, Peru ©
The genus Thisbe comprises of 7
species, distributed variously from Mexico to Brazil and Peru. Four
of these - irenea,
and lycorias are similarly marked, but
can easily be distinguished from each other by the width of the
white bands and the extent of the blue colouration. Two
others - hyalina and
incubus are reminiscent of
Brachyglenis, with a broad white
sub-apical diagonal band, and with white or bluish-white lines
radiating from the base of the wings. The final species
ucubis is a beautiful insect which
seems to be an Arctiid mimic - black with a brilliant metallic blue
sheen and white submarginal rays on both wings.
Thisbe irenea is the most widespread
member of the genus, distributed from Mexico to Brazil and Peru.
This species is found in mid-elevation rainforest at altitudes
between about 200-1000m. It is most commonly encountered at light
gaps, and in forest edge situations.
To be completed.
Males are usually found singly, basking with wings half-open on low