Mechanitis polymnia BatesMale

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

Wingspan: 68 mm

Identification: Forewing mostly black from coalesced markings, yellow medial band broken into spots, an isolated orange-brown spot in tornus (connected in congeners), hindwing discal bar greatly reduced below. Female like male, but hindwing discal bar reduced or absent.

Similar species
Mechanitis lysimnia
Tithorea harmonia
Melinaea ethra
Hypothyris euclea
Thyridia psidii

Local distribution: Common in the lowlands on both slopes.

Species range: Mexico to South America

Abundance: Common

Early stages: Aggregated

Larval food plants
Jaltomata repandidentata
Solanum aturense
Solanum chrysotrichum
Solanum jamaicense
Solanum lanceifolium

Comments: One of the most abundant and widespread species in the country.

Credits: Credits: Images and text copyright 2001-2007 by William A. Haber,