Chalodeta chaonitis, Foetoenakaba village, Suriname, 1 June 2007 Ref #: I-382-15
The family Riodinidae is made up of approximately 1300 species divided into three
subfamilies. Most of these butterflies are tropical and many have shiny, metallic
looking bands on their wings which give them their common name of metalmarks. Some
of the Neotropical species are outrageously colored with reflective scales of every
color and hue. The family is made up of three subfamilies; the Euselasiini and Riodininae
which are from the New World, and the Nemeobiinae from the Old World. The Riodinids
are small to medium in size. The males have front legs that are reduced and not
used for walking, whereas the females have three pairs of walking legs. Some species
perch with wings open, some with wings closed and some with their wings at an angle.
Many will perch upside down under a leaf and many species live high in the tropical
canopy and are very poorly understood.
Chalodeta chaonitis, Foetoenakaba village, Suriname, 1 June 2007 Ref #: I-382-14
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Chalodeta chaonitis belongs to the subfamily Riodininae. It can be found from Mexico
south to Brazil. It inhabits the forest understory and like others in this group
is commonly seen in light gaps in the forest. It is also found along forest edges.
The larval food source for this species are the flowers of Miconia longifolia, in
the family Melastomataceae.