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Fountainea ryphea (Cramer 1775) described in Papilio

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Fountainea


A widespread neotropical species. Larvae feed on Croton (Euphorbiaceae) and Caesaria ramiflora (Flacourtiaceae) (Neild, 1996).


Sexually dimorphic adults. Females have hindwing "tails," while these are reduced to a small denticle in males. Outer portion of dorsal forewing is dark with a transverse orange band in both sexes. Ventral wing surfaces strongly resemble a dead leaf (see photo).

Other Names for Fountainea ryphea (Cramer 1775) described in Papilio


Lamas, G., Ed. (2004) Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville, Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.

Neild, A.F.E. (1996) The Butterflies of Venezuela. Part I: Nymphalidae I (Limenitidinae, Apaturinae, Charaxinae), Meridian Publications, Greenwich, U. K.

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Scientific Name Fountainea ryphea
Location COLOMBIA: Meta, Sierra de la Macarena, Caņo Cristales
Acknowledgements used by permission, granted to AVZB 5/18/11
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Kim Garwood
Sex Male
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Source Fountainea ryphea
Source Collection Flickr
Copyright © 2010 Mike Chapman
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