Ithomia heraldica BatesBoth

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

Wingspan: 57-59 mm




Identification: Wings broad, translucent orange-brown ground color, forewing rear margin mostly black, black rectangle in forewing discal cell, marginal spots white below, no hindwing discal bar or spot, hindwing very small, especially in male.

Similar species
Hypothyris lycaste
Mechanitis polymnia
Napeogenes tolosa

Local distribution: Abundant on Pacific side above 1000 m; uncommon on Atlantic slope; uncommon in the lowlands on both sides.

Species range: Nicaragua to Panama

Abundance: Common

Early stages: Eggs are laid singly; larvae are solitary; the later instars make a loose nest of leaves tagged together with silk.

Larval food plants
Acnistus arborescens
Cuatresia riparia

Comments: One of the most abundant species in the region. Found both in forest and disturbed areas.




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