Chrysoplectrum perniciosus (Herrich-Schäffer, 1969)

Common Name:
Perniciosus Skipper

Eudamus perniciosus (Herrich-Schäffer, 1969)

Eudamus justus (Plötz, 1881)

perriciosum A. Hall, 1939, misspelling.

Natural History:

According Lamas (2008) ten species of the genus Chrysoplectrum are described for the Neotropical region. The distribution of this species is checked for South America.

Some butterflies have coloration dark green coloration, which makes them difficult to see in the forest. The observer must be stoppedl for a few minutes to track and following their movements before trying to collect.

In surveys conducted around Manaus, Amazonas during 1 year, this species was only captured in the presence with swarms of army ants.

Feeding Adult:

Adults of this Chrysoplectrum perniciosus feed on bird droppings. 

Feeding Caterpillars:

According Beccaloni et al. ( 2008), are host-plants:

Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae: Bauhinia rutilans is recorded in the Pará State by Reverend Moss.

Leguminosae - Mimosoideae: Entada polystachya.

brown, green
Lamas G. (2004):
Atlas of neotropical Lepidoptera - Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea. Book.: 1-439
Beccaloni G.W, Viloria A.L., Hall S.K., Robinson G.S. (2008):
Catalogue of the hostplants of the Neotropical butterflies. Book., London, S.E.A., Ribes, CYTED, Natural History Museum, IVIC: 1-536
chrysoplectrum perniciosus dorso

From dorsal

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

chrysoplectrum perniciosus

From ventral

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