Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Vettius marcus, Catarata Bayoz, Le
Merced, Peru ©
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 is quite easy to
recognise, as the underside hindwings of several species have
distinctive stripes, and the forewings are marked with a unique
configuration of small hyaline spots.
This species is named after Marcus Vettius Bolanus - the Roman
soldier and politician who became governor of Britain in AD 69. His
rule was short-lived, being succeeded by Quintus Petillius Cerealis
in AD 71. There are many butterfly species named after Roman or
Vettius marcus is distributed from
Mexico to Bolivia.
This species is found in disturbed forest-edge habitats, including
clearings, riverbanks, roadsides and sunny trails. It seems to be
most frequent in the vicinity of small streams, and occurs at
altitudes between about 200-1800m.
To be completed.
The butterflies are usually encountered as singletons, basking with
wings half-open on low growing herbage.
Vettius marcus, Santa Fe de Antioquoia,
Colombia © Adrian