Biblis hyperiaAndrew V. Z. Brower
Although the red hindwing band is positioned differently, it has been suggested that Biblis hyperia may be a facultative Müllerian mimic of co-occurring Heliconius butterflies in Trinidad and other areas where they exhibit black wings with a red forewing band. It also bears a potentially mimetic resemblance to various Parides (Papilonidae).The species is widely distributed in Central and South America. Larvae feed on Tragia (Euphorbiaceae) (DeVries, 1987).
NomenclatureThe generic name Didonis Hübner  was applied incorrectly for many years to this taxon, but the type species of that name (Papilio vitellia Stoll ) is a subjective junior synonym of Elymnias jynx, the type species of Elymnias Hübner 1819 (Satyrinae).
DeVries PJ. 1987. The butterflies of Costa Rica and their natural history. Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae. Princeton University Press, Princeton, N. J.
Hemming F. 1967. The generic names of the butterflies and their type-species (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Bull. BM(NH) Ent. Supp. 9: 1-509.
Lamas G ed. 2004. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.
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