Eueides vibiliaMargarita Beltrán
Early stages: Eggs are red and white and approximately 1 x 0.8 mm (h x w). Females usually place 30 to 60 eggs under older leaves of the host plant. Mature larvae have a yellow body with black spots, with black scoli and head; length is around 2 cm. Caterpillars are gregarious. All stages of E. vibilia larvae appear to mimic the larvae of the gregarious Heliconius hewitsoni, and can be distinguished from them principally by having the head spines shorter and their habit of skeletonizing older leaves, rather than eating young shots (Brown, 1991; Mallet and Longino, 1982). Pupae are creamy-white with black spots and with the four dorsal spines roughly the same length (DeVries, 1997; Mallet and Longino, 1982).
Eueides vibilia is distributed from Mexico to Brazil. The map below shows an approximate representation of the geographic distribution of this species. The original data used to draw these maps are derived from Brown (1979) which is available at Keith S. Brown Jr. (1979). Ecological Geography and Evolution in Neotropical Forests.
E. vibilia occurs from sea level to 800 m in open forests. Usually individuals fly rapidly in the canopy. The males sit on female pupae a day before emergence, and mating occurs the next morning, before the female has completely eclosed. Adults roost in loose groups at night (Brown, 1981, DeVries, 1997).
Hostplant: E. vibilia larvae feed primarily on plants from the genus Dilkea, Mitostemma and Passiflora (Brown, 1981). In Costa Rica E. v. vialis feed on Passiflora pittieri (DeVries, 1997; Mallet and Longino, 1982).
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Brown K. S. 1981 The Biology of Heliconius and Related Genera. Annual Review of Entomology 26, 427-456.
DeVries P. J. 1997 The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History, Volume I: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae Princeton University Press, Baskerville, USA.
Godart J. B. 1819 Pp. 13-328. In: Latreille, P. A. & J. B. Godart, Encyclopédie Méthodique. Histoire naturelle. Entomologie, ou histoire naturelle des crustacés, des arachnides et des insectes. Paris, veuve Agasse. 9(1): i-ii, 3-328 (before [13 February])
Mallet J. Longino JT. 1982 Hostplant records and descriptions of juvenile stages for two rare species of Eueides(Nymphalidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 36, 136-144.
Schmadel L. 2003 Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, %th edition. Published by Springer. 992 pp.
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