Ectima thecla (Fabricius, 1796)

Common Name:
Thecla Banner

Papilio thecla (Fabricius, 1796)

Natural History:

This species is rarely sampled in fruit-traps. Can be collected in the forest and also occurs in secondary forest. According to Brown (1992) Ectima thecla  shows a similar behavior to the Hamadryas, but does not produce characteristic noise of "Cracker-butterflies".

Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Venezuela
Feeding Caterpillars:

According compiled by Beccaloni et al. (2008), host-plants include:

Euphorbiaceae: Dalechampia sp., Dalechampia affinis, Dalechampia leandrii, Dalechampia stipulacea.


Brown Jr. K (1992):
Borboletas da Serra do Japi: diversidade, habitats, recursos alimentares e variação temporal. In:n História Natural da Serra do Japi: ecologia e preservação de uma área florestal no Sudeste do Brasil., Campinas, Unicamp: 142-186
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
ectima thecla dorsal

From dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas

ectima thecla ventral

From ventral

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