Male

Female

 

wingspan : 39 mm


Ithomiola floralis is an Amazonian butterfly ; there would be three subspecies :
       - in the Guyanas and the Amazon basin, Ithomiola floralis floralis, characterized by a red rim on the HW,
       - on the lower slopes of the Andes,
               . at low elevations, from the SE of Colombia to Northern Peru, Ithomiola floralis cascella, characterized by a variable orange patch on the FW apex,
               . at slightly higher elevations, and from Panama to Bolivia, Ithomiola floralis celtilla, only black, sometimes with an orange rim on both FW and HW.


but, in a 20 km radius around Puyo, we saw specimens looking like Ithomiola floralis celtilla and others looking like Ithomiola floralis cascella, and Jeffrey Glassberg took a picture of a typical Ithomiola floralis floralis specimen, with a red lining on the HW.


so we believe we'd better forget these subspecies and consider Ithomiola floralis as a variable species.

Ithomiola floralis cerca de Méndez
Ithomiola floralis cerca de Méndez
Ithomiola floralis al río Anzu
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