Melinaea scylax SalvinBoth

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

Wingspan: 74-82 mm




Identification: Large, forewing medial band continuous, no hindwing discal bar, no white marginal spots below, forewing rear margin black only at end, yellow spot in forewing tornus.

Similar species
Mechanitis lysimnia
Mechanitis polymnia
Tithorea harmonia
Hypothyris lycaste

Local distribution: Uncommon in forest fragments on lower Pacific slope; recorded once in Peas Blancas valley at 400 m.

Species range: Costa Rica to South America

Abundance: Rare

Early stages: Solitary

Larval food plants
Juanulloa mexicana
Merinthopodium neuranthum

Comments: Merinthopodium neuranthum was apparently recorded as a host in captivity (DeVries 1987).




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