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Butterflies of Mexico, USA & Canada
Orange-banded 88
Diaethria pandama  DOUBLEDAY, 1848
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - BIBLIDINAE
Tribe - CALLICORINI
Diaethria pandama, Mexico   Tony Hoare
Introduction
The "89" or "88" numerals which appear on the underside hindwings of this species are present in all 12 of the Diaethria species but vary in colour, thickness and shape. In neglecta for example the lines are quite thick, and the markings form an '89' figure, whereas in others such as clymena and anna they are thin and form the '88' which gives them their colloquial names. The butterflies often frequent human dwellings, and are considered a sign of good luck by some communities.
The genus is confined to the neotropics, with 3 species found in Mexico, while the remainder are largely Amazonian or Andean.
Diaethria pandama is found from Mexico to Panama.
Habitats
This species is found in cloudforest habitats at elevations between about 800-1600m.
Lifecycle
The eggs are whitish, and laid singly on the leaves of the foodplant Serjania.
Adult behaviour

Diaethria pandama is usually seen singly. As with all Diaethria species the males are strongly attracted to urine-soaked sand, and also imbibe dissolved minerals from damp soil, road surfaces, stones and rocks. They are very active butterflies, easily disturbed, and rarely settle for more than a few seconds at a time in one spot, although they will return repeatedly to the same patch of ground.

 

 

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