Castilia eranites

Nymphalidae (Melitaeinae)

male female

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Local distribution: Pacific slope above 400 m; Atlantic slope down to lowlands.

Similar species: Eresia alsina, E. mechanitis, Eueides isabella, Hypothyris euclea

Related species: Melitaeinae

Species range: Mexico to South America

Abundance: Common

Larval host plants: Acanthaceae

Early stages: Eggs clustered and early instars gregarious

Comments: Commonly observed when migrating through Monteverde, but not known to breed on the upper slopes.

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Created: 26 January 2001. Updated: 9 April 2001.