Agrias amydon (Hewitson, [1854])

Common Name:
Amydon Agrias
Synonyms:

Agrias syn.n Prepona (see Ortiz-Acevedo & Willmott, 2013)

Natural History:

The genus Agrias has 5 species recorded in the Neotropics, with hundreds  subspecies (Lamas, 2004). These butterflies are intensely captured by collectors and is an endangered species in some regions.

Agrias amydon reveals various shapes and colors, included in their geographical distribution. Rarely is captured in the understory, is a species that occurs predominantly in forest canopies.

According Otero & Marigo (1992), adults lives about 1 month. The males of Agrias amydon are territorial. Females lay eggs isolated on the underside of leaves of Erythroxylum - a genus of pantropical distribution (Ribeiro et al. 1999). 

Distribution:
Bolivia; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; Mexico; Panama; Suriname; Venezuela
Feeding Adult:

Adults feed on rotten fruit, secretions vegetables and animal excreta

Feeding Caterpillars:

According Beccaloni et al. (2008) are several species of Erythroxylum.

Erythroxylaceae:  Erythroxylum anguifugum, Erythroxylum barbatum,  Erythroxylum coca, Erythroxylum fimbriatum, Erythroxylum havanense,  Erythroxylum raimondii, Erythroxylum simonisErythroxylum spp.

Color:
orange, black, red
Habitat:
forest
Publications:
Lamas G. (2004):
Atlas of neotropical Lepidoptera - Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea. Book.: 1-439
Otero L.S., Marigo L.C. (1992):
Butterflies of Carajás. Book., Rio de Janeiro, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce: 1-76
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
Ribeiro J.E.L.S., Hopkins M.J.G., Vincentini A., Sothers C.A., Costa M.A.S., Brito J.M., Souza M.A.D., Martins L.H.P., Lohmann L.G., Assunção P.A.C.L., Pereira E.C., Silva C.F., Mesquita M.R. (1999):
Flora da Reserva Ducke . INPA-DFID, Manaus, Amazonas . 800 pp .. Book., Manaus, Editora INPA-DFID: 1-800
agrias amydon male dorsal

Male, from dorsal

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

agrias amydon male ventral

Male, from ventral

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