Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Otun-Quimbaya, Colombia ©
There are 1237 described species of Hesperiine ( grass-feeding
skippers ) in the neotropical region, and probably at least another
100 still awaiting discovery.
The genus Vettius comprises of 24 known
species, all of which have dark brown uppersides with a distinctive
pattern of hyaline spots on the forewings. The hindwings of several
species including phyllus,
and coryna are white or silvery, with
prominent orange-brown stripes.
Vettius coryna occurs as 4 named
subspecies distributed variously from Mexico to Brazil.
This species is found in forest-edge habitats, including riverbanks,
roadsides and sunny trails. It is most frequent in the vicinity of
small streams, and occurs at altitudes between about 500-2000m.
butterflies are usually encountered as singletons, basking with wings
half-open on low growing herbage.