Bia actorion (Linnaeus, 1763)

Common Name:
Bia Owl
Synonyms:

Papilio actorion (Linnaeus, 1763)

Natural History:

Bia actorion is among the most common and abundant species in the understory of forest. This species is recorded throughout the year, becoming more abundant in rainy season. This species shows low activity and rest long time on  the leaves of the shaded vegetation in the understory.

When startled flies into the bushes, but hat cryptic color when resting on the litter. The caterpillars have spiny head and live on palm (Otero & Marigo, 1992).

Distribution:
Bolivia; Brazil: Amazonas, Pará; Ecuador; Peru
Occurence Period:

Abundant throughout the year

Feeding Adult:

Adults feed on rotting fruits

Feeding Caterpillars:

On Musaceae and Heliconiaceae

Color:
brown
Habitat:
rainforest undisturbed
Publications:
Otero L.S., Marigo L.C. (1992):
Butterflies of Carajás. Book., Rio de Janeiro, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce: 1-76
Bia actorion resting
Specimen resting on a leaf, near Manaus, Amazonas
Bia actorium male dorsal

Male, from dorsal

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

Bia actorion male ventral

Male, from ventral

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