The White Spotted Agrias is a beautiful species of Lepidoptera. Unlike most butterflies, their colors vary greatly between individuals.
There are also numerous subspecies recognized. This lovely insect spends the majority of its sadly brief adult life high in the forest canopy. Due to their natural camouflage, they are typically only visible while feeding.
The White Spotted Agrias is generally only active during the warmest part of the day. They have the unique habit of keeping their wings tightly closed when feeding.
Accurate data about their numbers remain unavailable. However, they are, as with most species endemic to rainforest regions, considered threatened by the IUCN.
White Spotted Agrias Physical Description
The butterfly is medium-sized and attains an average wingspan of roughly 2 in (5 cm). All individuals, both in the species and subspecies, display the white spots on the underside of the wings.
However, the coloring of the upper side of the wings is highly variable. These primarily, though not exclusively, include combinations of red, black, white, blue, orange, and yellow. The colors provide the insect with excellent natural camouflage within their endemic habitat.
A slight degree of sexual dimorphism is present, with males possessing prominent yellow tufts on the hind wings while the females do not.
White Spotted Agrias Distribution and Ecology
The White Spotted Agrias inhabits a wide swathe of the neotropics: from Bolivia and Colombia to southern Mexico, and throughout much of the Amazon Basin. They inhabit rainforests as well as regions of deciduous forest and evergreen forest. They prefer altitudes ranging from about 330-3,280 ft (100-1,000 m) above sea level.
The larvae feed on the plants on which the eggs are laid.
The adults are exclusively nocturnal feeders, and their diet consists primarily of decomposing fish or fruit.
Unlike many butterfly species, they are not migratory in nature.