Cassia's Owl-butterfly

Opsiphanes cassiae (OP-si-fay-nees CASS-eye-ee)

Cassia's Owl-butterfly (ssp Chiriquensis) - Costa Rica 20-Dec-2009 [Rudy Dodero]
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Checklist Number
59.0136

Family:NymphalidaeRafinesque, 1815
Subfamily:MorphinaeNewman, 1834
Tribe:BrassoliniBoisduval, 1836
Genus:OpsiphanesDoubleday, 1849
Subgenus:  
Species:cassiae(Linnaeus, 1758)

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Introduction

Two adults of this South American species were bred from pupae found with bananas in London in 1937.

Opsiphanes cassiae

This species was first defined in Linnaeus (1758) as shown here (type locality: "In Cassiis Americes").

Male

Cassia's Owl-butterfly - Costa Rica 14-Feb-2009 [Rudy Dodero]

Male Underside
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Female

Female Underside

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History

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Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

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Distribution

2. Adventive
 

This species is considered an adventive, which is a species which arrives in the British Isles with the direct assistance of an external vector, without which it would not be present. Adventives are species that one would not expect to find in this country, either through inadvertent migration or through any other natural means of dispersal, with the exception perhaps of the most extreme meteorological event or possibly the transportation of a stage in the life cycle in a highly unlikely but natural means (e.g. an ovum or larva being transported upon the foot, bill, or plumage of a migratory bird).

Life Cycle

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Imago

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Opsiphanes cassiae

Cassia's Owl-butterfly - Costa Rica 14-Feb-2009 [Rudy Dodero]

Photo © Rudy Dodero
14-Feb-2009

Cassia's Owl-butterfly (ssp Chiriquensis) - Costa Rica 20-Dec-2009 [Rudy Dodero]

Photo © Rudy Dodero
20-Dec-2009

Cassia's Owl-butterfly (ssp Chiriquensis) - Costa Rica 20-Dec-2009 [Rudy Dodero]

Photo © Rudy Dodero
20-Dec-2009

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Ovum

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Larva

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Pupa

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Aberrations

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Similar Species

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Boisduval (1836) Boisduval, J.A. (1836) Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères.
Doubleday (1849) Doubleday, E. and Westwood, J.O. (1849) The genera of diurnal lepidoptera : comprising their generic characters, a notice of their habits and transformations, and a catalogue of the species of each genus.
Linnaeus (1758) Linnaeus, C. (1758) Systema Naturae. Edition 10.
Rafinesque (1815) Rafinesque, C.S. (1815) Analyse de la nature ou Tableau de l'univers et des corps organisés.