Pierella hortona (Hewitson, 1854)

Common Name:
Hortona Pierella

Haetera hortona (Hewitson, 1854)

Natural History:

The ventral surface of the wings show light brown color and is similar to another Pierella. The blue spots on the back are pronounced and easily recognized. Inhabits shaded understory and was frequently observed between August and September in forests bordering Purus river.

Bolivia; Brazil; Peru
Feeding Adult:

Adults can be seen sucking on vegetal material decomposing on the floor of the forest.

Feeding Caterpillars:

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

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 hortona

From dorsal

Specimen deposited in the Collection of Invertebrates INPA, Amazonas