Location: Guyana, Northwest Interior near Mathew’s Ridge
February 9, 2011 5:10 pm
This butterfly caught my eye in in some pristine rainforest near Matthew’s Ridge, Guyana. It was flying and resting about three feet off the ground. The wingspan was about four inches.
Signature: G. Fischer
Dear G. Fischer,
This lovely Clearwing Brushfooted Butterfly in the subfamily Satyrinae might be Pseudohaeterea hypaesia based on a photo posted on TrekNature. Your lovely individual has obviously never needed its ocula (we hope that is the correct biological name for a false eyespot) as a defense mechanism. Research provided the proper name for a false eyespot, and it is ocellus. We also found this little ethereal beauty on the Haeterini (must be the tribe) images website.
Update: July 8, 2014
Thanks to a recent comment, we are able to provide links to images of Cithaerias andromeda andromeda on Butterflies of America, Tree of Life and on the Neotropical Butterflies site.