Pierella astyoche (Erichson, [1849])

Common Name:
Astyoche Pierella

 Hetaera, [sic] astyoche  (Erichson, [1849])

Natural History:

Eleven species of Pierella are registered in the Neotropics (Lamas, 2004). At least 5 of them were recorded in central Amazonia. P. astyoche has 3 subspecies, each species are recorded in an Amazonian region. Besides the distribution recorded in Lamas (2004) this species has occurrence recorded in Equador by Murray ( 2000).

Pierella astyoche makes short flights and are often can be seen resting on the floor.

Can be seen sucking on decomposing leaves or fruit on the floor of the forest, but always in the shaded understory.

Brazil; Ecuador; French Guiana; Peru
Feeding Caterpillars:

For the genus Pierella are cited as host-plant species Marantaceae, Heliconiaceae, Commeliaceae and Cyperaceae (Beccaloni et al. 2008).

forest, rainforest undisturbed
Murray D.L. (2000):
A survey of the butterfly fauna of Jatun Sacha, Ecuador (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea). Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera. 35: 42-60  PDF-Download of the publication
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
pierella astyoche

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