Dircenna olyras (Felder & Felder)Both

Male dorsal
Male dorsal
Female dorsal
Female dorsal
Male venrtral
Male venrtral
Female venrtral
Female venrtral

Wingspan: 67-71 mm




Identification: Forewing discal cell mostly filled with smoky shading with apical edge reaching vein Cu1, antennae cream in life, medium size, pattern generally bolder than chiriquensis, klugii and relata, shading on ventral hindwing disc whitish, pattern darker in female.

Similar species
Dircenna relata
Hyalyris excelsa
Ithomia xenos
Napeogenes cranto

Local distribution: Both slopes down to about 700 m.

Species range: Nicaragua to Panama

Abundance: Uncommon

Early stages: Solitary

Larval food plants
Solanum chrysotrichum
Solanum cordovense
Solanum umbellatum

Comments: Fox considered this butterfly to be a full species (Dircenna olyras calverti Fox, 1941), but DeVries (1987) lumped it with D. relata as a form. In Monteverde the dark form with cream antennae and the discal bar reaching vein Cu1 seems distinct and this is the only type of Dircenna that I have observed using Solanum cordovense as a larval hostplant.




Credits: Credits: Images and text copyright 2001-2007 by William A. Haber, efg.cs.umb.edu/