Riodina lysippus

Riodina lysippus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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This species is one of the few Riodinids commonly found outside the forest. They are often seen on country roadways feeding on flowers or perching on vegetation in the sun. So far only Inga vera ( Fabaceae) has been observed as a food plant.

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The female was observed dragging her abdomen down the stem of an Inga vera and then ovipositing  in the extra floral nectary

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5th instar larva

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4th instar larva

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Lateral view of 5th instar larva that measured 22 mm.

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Lateral view of pupa – 14 mm

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Pupa, dorsal view.

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A parasitized pupa showing  dorsal, ventral and lateral views.

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A freshly eclosed female clinging to the pupal shell.

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