Archaeoprepona amphimachus (Fabricius, 1775)

Common Name:
White-spotted Prepona

Papilio amphimachus (Fabricius, 1775)

Natural History:

Archaeoprepona has 8 species in the Neotropics (Lamas, 2004).

These butterflies are large and robust. The dorsal surface of the wings is similar to the wings of Prepona. For species differentiation is necessary to observe the ventral surface of the wings. In central Amazon is not an abundant species and was only recorded in traps understory.

The caterpillars have aspect of dry leaves and feed on leaves of Lauraceae (Otero & Marigo, 1992).

Bolivia; Brasil; Ecuador; Honduras; México
Feeding Adult:

Adults feed on rotten fruits

Feeding Caterpillars:

According compiled by Beccaloni et al. (2008) the caterpillars feed on:

Lauraceae: Cinnamomum elongatum, Cinnamomum triplinerve, Nectandra sp., Persea americana.

Annonaceae: Unidentified species

black, blue, cream, brown, metallic
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
Otero L.S., Marigo L.C. (1992):
Butterflies of Carajás. Book., Rio de Janeiro, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce: 1-76
Archaeoprepona amphimachus  dorsal

From dorsal

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

Archaeoprepona amphimachus ventral

From ventral

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