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Philaethria pygmalion (Fruhstorfer 1912) described as Metamandana dido pygmalion

Andrew V. Z. Brower
Containing group: Philaethria


This is an Amazonian species, ranging from eastern Colombia to central Brazil.  Constantino and Salazar (2010) report records of larvae feeding on Passiflora coccinea, P. faroana, P. hexagonocarpa, P. mansoi and P. phaeocaula.


Similar to the allopatric P. wernickei, but the ventral hindwing postmedial band is mostly brown, with a reduced white medial band.

Geographical races/subspecies

Philaethria pygmalion pygmalion (Fruhstorfer, 1912) - southern Colombia and Venezuela to central Brazil.
Philaethria pygmalion metaensis Constantino & Salazar 2010 - Meta, Colombia


Constantino, L. M. and J. A. Salazar. 2010. A review of the Philaethria dido species complex (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae) and description of three new sibling speceis from Colombia and Venezuela. Zootaxa 2720: 1-27.

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