Heliopetes arsalte (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name:
Veined White-Skipper

Papipio ersalte (Linnaeus, 1764)

Papilio menalcas (Fabricius, 1775)

Papilio niveus (Cramer, 1775)

repl. name crameri Billberg, 1820

Pyrgus figara (Butler, 1870)

Erynnis, missp. arsalta (Hayward, 1933)

missp. menaleas Evans, 1944

missp. arsaete Fulton, 1967

missp. asalta C. Gibson & Bunt, 1974

missp. arsdlte Okano, 1981

missp. menalcus L.D. Miller & F.M. Brown, 1981

Natural History:

Are recorded 14 species of Heliopetes, distributed from Mexico to Argentina.

In addition to this record in Brazilian Amazon, Lamas (2004) show record in Suriname.

This species is easily collected on flowers of small shrubs, in roads and pastures bordering the forest.

Brasil: Amazonas; Suriname
Occurence Period:

In localities around Manaus this species occurs throughout the year.

Feeding Adult:


Feeding Caterpillars:

Caterpillar are recorded feeding on Malvaceae (Sida sp.) Plants of the another genera of  Malvaceae e Sterculiaceae are recorded in Costa Rica (Beccaloni et al. 2008).

anthropogenic, forest edge
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
Heliopetes arsalte

From dorsal

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

Heliopetes arsalte ventral

From ventral

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