Eueides lybia (Fabricius, 1775)

Common Name:
Lybia Longwing

Papilio lybia (Fabricius, 1775)

Natural History:

Eueides lybia may occur in sympatry with other species Eueides and Dryas Iulia, with that has great similarity. When examined adults can be recognized by differences in the wings. Other differences are identified as the host-plant species and characteristics  in the pupal stage. The life cycle was recorded in Costa Rica, occurring on average 33-34 days (these aspects of the biology of the various species can be seen in (Young, 1978).

For to catch can be made with an entomological  net, but they are fast flying. The adults can be seen along the roads along forest edges, since they seem to be less tolerant of high temperatures and low humidity. In the region of Manaus (AM) larvae were collected in the edge of the a tropical forest Reserve to obtain adults in artificial condition.

Brasil; Panamá; Suriname; Venezuela
Feeding Caterpillars:

Are recorded as host-plant, according to Beccaloni et al. (2008): 

Passifloraceae: Passiflora acuminata, Passiflora coccinea, Passiflora glandulosa, Passiflora guazumaefolia, Passiflora nitida, Passiflora palenquensis, Passiflora vitifolia.

black, orange
forest edge, forest
Young A.M. (1978):
Spatial properties of niche sepration among Eueides and Dryas butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae) in Costa Rica. Journal of the New York Entomological Society. LXXXVI (1): 2-19
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
eueides lybia campo

Collected in primary forest edge, Novo Airão, Amazonas

Photo: Acervo Fundação Vitória Amazônica

eueides lybia dorsal

From dorsal

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

eueides lybia ventral

From ventral

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