Butterflies of Monteverde, Costa Rica
Mimicry of Glasswings (Ithomiinae)

William A. Haber
Electronic Field Guide Project, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/
University of Massachusetts- Boston


Checklist of Ithomiine Mimics

This is a list of species recorded from the Cordillera de Tilarán near Monteverde, defined as the area from the higher peaks (1600-1800 m) down to about 700 m elevation on both the Pacific slope. The scientific names follow DeVries (1997, 2000).

Scientific name, status, distribution and wingspan

Male, dorsal side

Female, ventral side

Actinote anteas
Nymphalidae (Acraeinae)
Uncommon. Pacific slope from 600-1200 m; Atlantic slope from 400-1200 m; higher during migration. 57-71 mm.
Consul fabius cecrops
Nymphalidae (Charaxinae)
Uncommon. Both slopes from lowlands to 1200 m. 91-100 mm.
Consul panariste jansoni
Nymphalidae (Charaxinae)
Rare. Atlantic slope from lowlands to 900 m. 82 mm.
Lycorea cleobaea atergatis
Nymphalidae (Danaiinae)
Uncommon. Both slopes to 1400 m, but seen higher during migration. 91-97 mm.
Lycorea ilione albescens
Nymphalidae (Danaiinae)
Uncommon. Both slopes above 700 m. 94-96 mm.
Eueides isabella
Nymphalidae (Heliconiinae)
Uncommon. Both slopes from lowlands to about 1500 m. 81 mm.
Eueides procula vulgiformis
Nymphalidae (Heliconiinae)
Uncommon. Pacific slope from lowlands to 1500 m. 68-70 mm.
Eueides vibilia vialis
Nymphalidae (Heliconiinae)
Rare. Both slopes from lowlands to 800 m. 55 mm.
Heliconius hecale zuleika
Nymphalidae (Heliconiinae)
Common. Both slopes from lowlands to about 1400 m (higher during migration). 85 mm.
Heliconius hecalesia formosus
Nymphalidae (Heliconiinae)
Uncommon. Atlantic slope to 1200 m; Pacific slope from 600-1400 m. 79-97 mm.
Heliconius ismenius telchinia
Nymphalidae (Heliconiinae)
Rare. Both slopes from lowlands to 1200 m. 79-96 mm.
Castilia eranites
Nymphalidae (Melitaeinae)
Common. Widespread on Atlantic slope; Pacific slope from about 600-1500 m. 45-50 mm.
Eresia alsina
Nymphalidae (Melitaeinae)
Uncommon. Atlantic slope from lowlands from 400 to 800 m. 51-62 mm.
Eresia coela
Nymphalidae (Melitaeinae)
Uncommon. Atlantic slope from lowlands to about 700 m. 47-54 mm.
Eresia eutropia
Nymphalidae (Melitaeinae)
Uncommon. Not recorded from the Monteverde region. 58-65 mm.
Eresia mechanitis
Nymphalidae (Melitaeinae)
Uncommon. Atlantic lowlands to about 800 m. 50-51 mm.
Eresia poecilina
Nymphalidae (Melitaeinae)
Uncommon. Atlantic slope from lowlands to 800 m. 52-59 mm.
Eresia sticta
Nymphalidae (Melitaeinae)
Rare. Atlantic lowlands to about 800 m. 53-62 mm.
Dismorphia amphiona praxinoe
Pieridae
Uncommon. Both slopes from lowlands to 1500 m. 60-74.
Dismorphia eunoe desine
Pieridae
Rare. Upper Pacific slope (1200-1400 m) and upper Atlantic slope (600-1400 m). 55-70 mm.
Dismorphia theucharila fortunata
Pieridae
Rare. Upper Pacific slope (1200-1500 m); more common on Atlantic slope from lowlands to 1400 m. 50-51.
Dismorphia zaela oreas
Pieridae
Rare. Atlantic slope at 700-900 m. 55-62 mm.
Patia orise sororna
Pieridae
Rare. Atlantic lowlands to 1200 m. 68-78 mm.
Perrhybris pyrrha
Pieridae
Rare. Atlantic lowlands to about 800 m. Pacific slope at 700-1100 m. 62-74 mm.
Ithomeis eulema imatatrix
Riodinidae
Uncommon. Pacific slope at 1100-1400 m. 48-58 mm.

Text and images copyright William A. Haber, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/
Ceated: 15 June 2006. Updated: 15 November 2006