Eueides lampetoMargarita Beltrán
Etymology: Lampeto was an Amazon. According to Greek mythology, Amazons were a fearsome warlike tribe of women descended from the god of war, Ares. Amazon society would not permit their warriors to marry until they had three kills to their credit. When they bore children, the mothers stunted the right breast of the females by cauterising it. For this they received the greek name "Amazon" (without one breast) (Mountain, 1998).
Early stages: Eggs cream coloured and approximately 1.1 x 0.8 mm (h x w). Females usually place eggs singly under older leaves of the host plant. Caterpillars are gregarious in small numbers (Brown, 1981).
Eueides lampeto is distributed from the Andes to the Amazon. 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. lampeto occurs from sea level to 1,600 m in forest streams. Usually individuals fly rapidly in the middlestory (Brown, 1981).
Hostplant: E. lampeto larvae feed primarily on plants from the subgenus Granadilla (Passifloraceae)(Brown, 1981).
Bates H. W. 1862. Contributions to an insect fauna of the Amazon Valley. Lepidoptera: Heliconidae. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 23(3): 495-566, pls. 55-56 ([13 November])
Brown K. S. 1979. Ecologia Geográfica e Evolução nas Florestas Neotropicais. 2 vols. (Tese apresentada à Universidade Estadual de Campinas como parte das exigências de um Concurso de Livre Docência, area de Ecologia). Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil.
Brown K. S. 1981 The Biology of Heliconius and Related Genera. Annual Review of Entomology 26, 427-456.
Mountain H. 1998 The Celtic Encyclopedia. Universal-Publishers.1361p.
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