Mechanitis lysimnia Bates

Male dorsal

Male ventral

Female dorsal

Female ventral

Ground color lighter orange-brown than congenors, medial yellow band continuous and broader than in M. menapis, basal half of forewing mostly orange-brown, black comma mark at forewing tornus.

Wingspan: 73-75mm

Forewing length: 36mm

Local distribution: Lowlands on both slopes; occasionally seen migrating through Monteverde.

Similar species: Mechanitis menapis, M. polymnia, Melinaea ethra

Mimics: Dismorphia amphiona, D. eunoe, Eueides isabella, Heliconius ismenius

Species range: Mexico to South America

Abundance: Uncommon

Larval host plants: Solanum siparunoides, Solanum rugosum, cf.

Early stages: Aggregated


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Created: 10 January 2001. Updated: 17 November 2001.