Nessaea obrinus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name:
Obrinus Olivewing

Papilio obrinus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Natural History:

This is an endemic species of the Amazon where 3 subspecies are recognized (Lamas, 2004). Males and females are common and abundant in fermented fruit. Occurs in abundance throughout the year, however higher in the months of more rain.

Both sexes show green on the ventral side, sometimes criptic on the leafs. When they open their wings shows an orange highlighted, wich appears only on the back of the males. 

The female lays individual eggs on the underside of leaves of Alchornea (Euphorbiacea) (Otero & Marigo, 1992)

Brasil: Amazonas, Mato Grosso
Occurence Period:

Abundant throughout the year

Feeding Adult:

Adults are observed sucking plant secretions, fruits decomposing fruits

Feeding Caterpillars:

Alchornea sp. (Euphorbiaceae)

blue, black, orange, green
Lamas G. (2004):
Atlas of neotropical Lepidoptera - Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea. Book.: 1-439
Otero L.S., Marigo L.C. (1992):
Butterflies of Carajás. Book., Rio de Janeiro, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce: 1-76
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Rest on a leaf

Photo: Juscelino Marques Filho

nessaea obrinus male

Detail of the wing of the male

Jardim Boatânico, Manaus, Amazonas

nessaea obrinus female

Female, from dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Manaus, Amazonas