Talamancana lonera (Haber, Brown, & Freitas)


Male dorsal

Male ventral

Female dorsal

Female ventral

Identification:
Dircenna pattern; triangular charcoal smudge in forewing cell; paired white marginal spots on ventral hindwing, hind margin of dorsal forewing all black, ventral hindwing costa without a white streak (as in Dircenna), smaller than Dircenna.

Wingspan: 57-63mm

Forewing length: 29-31mm


Local distribution: Recorded in our region from a single forest fragment (1400 m) on the Atlantic slope NW of Monteverde.

Similar species: Dircenna relata, Dircenna olyras, Napeogenes cranto, Ithomia xenos

Species range: Costa Rica and Panama

Abundance: Rare, possibly extirpated from Monteverde region.

Larval host plants: Solanum circinatum (= Cyphomandra hartwegii)

Early stages: Solitary

Comments: Not seen in the Monteverde region since 1979. The hindwing discal area is distinctly more transparent in the male than in the female.


Monteverde page
Images and text copyright © 2001 by William A. Haber, www.cs.umb.edu/efg/
Created: 13 January 2001. Updated: 17 November 2001.