Melinaea ethra Bates

Large, forewing medial and subapical bands broken, paired white marginal spots below, strong hindwing discal bar, forewing rear margin all black.

Male dorsal

Male ventral

Female dorsal

Female ventral

Wingspan: 85-86mm

Forewing length: 44mm

Local distribution: Above 600 m on Pacific slope; more common on Atlantic slope below 700 m.

Similar species: Mechanitis spp., Melinaea scylax, Tithorea harmonia, Hypothyris euclea

Non ithomiine mimics: Dismorphia amphiona, D. eunoe, Eueides isabella, Heliconius ismenius

Species range: Mexico to South America

Abundance: Uncommon

Larval host plants:

Juanulloa mexicana
Merinthopodium neuranthum

Early stages: Solitary


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Created: 13 January 2001. Updated: 17 November 2001.