Dismorphia amphiona

Pieridae (Dismorphiinae)


Male dorsal

Male ventral

Male dorsal

Male ventral

Female dorsal

Female ventral

Identification:
Similar to several ithomiines, but with camouflage pattern below. Male's hindwing more rounded than female's with large white patches where forewing overlaps. Rear margin of hindwing brown, antennae yellow.

Wingspan: 62-73mm

Forewing length: 33-36mm


Local distribution: Occurs from the less seasonal areas on the upper Pacific slope to the lowlands and the Atlantic side, though rarely seen above 1400 m.

Similar species: Eueides isabella, Heliconius ismenius, Mechanitis spp., Melinaea ethra.

Related species: Dismorphia, Patia (Pieridae, Dismorphiinae)

Species range: Mexico to South America

Abundance: Uncommon

Larval host plants: Inga spp. (Fabaceae: Mimosoideae)

Early stages:

Comments: Occasionally seen migrating through Monteverde at higher elevations, but probably does not breed in cloud forest above about 1500 m.


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Created: 24 January 2001. Updated: 4 May 2001.