Opsiphanes invirae (Hübner, [1808])

Common Name:
Lowland Owlet
Synonyms:

Potamis invirae (Hübner,  [1808])

Natural History:

Opsiphanes invirae occurs throughout all the year at forests in the central Amazon. Males and females inhabit the understory and canopy and are crepuscular species. 

As with as other species of butterflies of the genus, O. invirae the caterpillar feeds on various palm trees and can appear in high numbers on plants in the large cities (Brown Jr., 1992).

Distribution:
Bolivia; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guyana; Honduras; Panama; Paraguay; Peru
Feeding Adult:

Adults feed on rotting fruits

Feeding Caterpillars:

According compiled by Beccaloni et al. (2008), are recorded:

Heliconiaceae: Heliconia sp.

Musaceae: Musa acuminata, Musa paradisiaca, Musa sapientum

Palmae: Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Bactris sp., Bactris major, Butia capitata, Butia eriospatha, Cocos sp., Cocos nucifera, Copernicia prunifera, Elaeis sp., Elaeis guineensis, Geonoma sp., Livistona australis, Livistona chinensis, Livistona rotundifolia, Phoenix sp., Phoenix canariensis, Phoenix loureiri, Prestoe sp., Raphia sp., Rhapis excelsa, Rhapis humilis, Roystonea sp., Roystonea oleracea, Syagrus romanzoffiana, Washingtonia robusta.

Color:
brown, orange
Habitat:
forest, anthropogenic
Publications:
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
opsiphanes invirae

Male, from dorsal

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

Male, from ventral

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

Female, from dorsal

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

Female, from ventral

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