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Butterflies of the Amazon and Andes
Irenea Metalmark
Thisbe irenea  STOLL, 1780
Family - RIODINIDAE
subfamily - RIODININAE
Tribe - RIODININI
Thisbe irenea, Huanuco, Peru Dave Griffiths
Introduction
The genus Thisbe comprises of 7 species, distributed variously from Mexico to Brazil and Peru. Four of these - irenea, rupestre, molela 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.
Habitats
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.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

Males are usually found singly, basking with wings half-open on low vegetation.

 

 

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