Melinaea ethra BatesBoth

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

Wingspan: 85-86 mm




Identification: Large, forewing medial and subapical bands broken, paired white marginal spots below, strong hindwing discal bar, forewing rear margin all black.

Similar species
Mechanitis menapis
Mechanitis lysimnia
Melinaea scylax
Tithorea harmonia
Hypothyris euclea

Local distribution: Above 600 m on Pacific slope; more common on Atlantic slope below 700 m.

Species range: Mexico to South America

Abundance: Uncommon

Early stages: Solitary

Larval food plants
Juanulloa mexicana
Merinthopodium neuranthum




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