Hyalyris excelsa (Godman & Salvin)Both

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

Wingspan: 78 mm




Identification: Forewing base all black, broad black outer margin of hindwing with straight inner edge, marginal spots yellow on ventral forewing, white on ventral hindwing and not paired.

Similar species
Olyras crathis
Tithorea tarricina
Thyridia psidii
Mechanitis polymnia

Local distribution: At about 700-1500 m on both slopes.

Species range: Costa Rica to South America

Abundance: Uncommon

Early stages: Solitary

Larval food plants
Solanum accrescens
Solanum aturense
Solanum lanceifolium

Comments: Except for Solanum siparunoides, the hostplants grow below the level of the cloud forest, and H. excelsa has not been found breeding in the cloud forest.




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