The Bugs

PREPONA LAERTES

The taxonomy of this species is highly debatable. Despite the fact that the latest checklist (Lamas, 2004) recognizes P. laertes as a polymorphic widespread species, other authors oppose. They suggest that P. laertes should be split in three or four species.

PREPONA CLAUDINA

From all the former Agrias, Prepona claudina, is the most common. It shows high variation of coloration patterns even in the same locality.

ARCHAEOPREPONA DEMOPHON

This is a commonly seen butterfly. It has five geographical forms. It is usually reared in museums and butterfly farms.

ARCHAEOPREPONA CHROMUS

This taxon was considered a monotypic genus until recently. However, the most recent phylogeny evidenced that it should be considered another member of the genus Archaeoprepona. It is the only taxon in the genus that lacks the blue band in the upper side forewing.

ANAEOMORPHA SPLENDIDA

This taxon was considered part of the tribe Preponini up until recently. However, the most recent phylogeny (reconstruction of the patterns of ancestry in a particular group) evidenced that it should be excluded from the tribe. That topology suggests that it is closely related to other genera such as Memphis (tribe Anaeini).

ASTEROPE MARKII

This butterfly is found in the Amazon basin. It has seven subspecies which vary in their coloration patterns. For a cool video of this species feeding, by Andrew Neild click here.

ASTEROPE LEPRIEURI

This species has four subspecies. It is distributed in the Amazon basin including the countries: Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia.

CALLICORE ASTARTE

This species has broader geographic distribution than the above Asterope, it is found from Mexico to Brazil and has ~12 subspecies.

CALLICORE ATACAMA

This species is relatively small when compared to other Callicore species. It has a characteristic yellow band in its dorsal forewing and yellow-black stripes in its ventral hindwing.

CALLICORE HESPERIS

This species does not have any recognized subspecies. It is found in the Amazon basin.

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Prepona laertes

Prepona laertes

 

Prepona claudina

Prepona claudina

 

Archaeoprepona demophon

Archaeoprepona demophon

 

Archaeoprepona chromus

Archaeoprepona chromus

 

Anaeomorpha splendida

Anaeomorpha splendida

 

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Asterope markii

 

 

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Asterope leprieuri

 

 

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Callicore astarte

 

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Callicore atacama

 

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Callicore hesperis