Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - HESPERIIDAE
tribe - PYRRHOPYGINI
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, USA
© Frank Model
subfamily Pyrrhopyginae comprises 163 species, most of which are
confined to the Neotropics, although a few occur in Mexico, and a
Pyrrhopyginae are characterised by having a massive muscular thorax
and a conical abdomen with compressed segments. The wings of most
species are black, often with a metallic blue sheen, and are swept
back, half covering the hindwings when the butterflies settle.
occurs in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico.
This species is found in open oak woodland in semi-desert habitats.
grown larva is reddish-brown with narrow yellow rings around each
segment. It feeds on Quercus arizonica
( Fagaceae ). It lives in a shelter constructed from a folded leaf,
fastened with a few strands of silk, and builds a new shelter after
each moult. The pupa is formed within the final leaf shelter. It is
brownish, and the joints between the segments are maroon. It is
covered with a flaky white powder.
Males imbibe at the edge of
puddles or streams. Both sexes ne4ctar at a wide range of flowers
Cirsium, Centaurea and