Mexico, USA & Canada
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Diaethria pandama, Mexico
"89" or "88" numerals which appear on the underside hindwings of
this species are present in all 12 of the
Diaethria species but vary in colour, thickness and shape. In
neglecta for example the lines are
quite thick, and the markings form an '89' figure, whereas in others
such as clymena and
anna they are thin and form the '88'
which gives them their colloquial names.
butterflies often frequent human dwellings, and are considered a
sign of good luck by some communities.
genus is confined to the neotropics, with 3 species found in Mexico,
while the remainder are largely Amazonian or Andean.
Diaethria pandama is found from Mexico
This species is
found in cloudforest habitats at elevations between about 800-1600m.
The eggs are whitish, and laid singly on the leaves of the foodplant
is usually seen singly.
As with all
Diaethria species the males are strongly attracted to
urine-soaked sand, and also imbibe dissolved minerals from damp soil,
road surfaces, stones and rocks. They are very active butterflies,
easily disturbed, and rarely settle for more than a few seconds at a
time in one spot, although they will return repeatedly to the same
patch of ground.