Butterflies of Sao Paulo Botanical Garden-SP,Brazil

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Butterflies recorded in Sao Paulo Botanical Garden,Brazil  

The city of São Paulo is one of the largest cities of the world with about 20 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, which encompasses 39 municipalities.

Nevertheless, it has many municipal parks, and importants  state park Cantareira State Park that is the largest urban forest in the world which about 8,000 hectares, and a Botanical Garden, where which is inside the Fontes do Ipiranga state park  with forested area.

In its territory is within the Atlantic rainforest complex, one of the most exuberant and rich forests in the world.

In its urban parks and others green area we can see many species of butterflies.

Recently (as of February 2015) we started our visits to green areas and especially in city parks and Botanical Garden watching butterflies (butterfly watching) and records them by photos and videos, for our files and to assist in environmental education process through our website (www.aultimaarcadenoe.com.br).

The Botanical Garden of São Paulo is located in the southern part of the city and has an area of ​​360 000 m2 , for public visitation. Is inserted in the Fountains at the Ipiranga State Park , which has a total of 575 hectares.

Apart from a botanical museum, gardens and greenhouses , the Botanical Garden has one of the most important urban green areas of the capital , which still retains the remaining Atlantic Forest vegetation . There are some lakes , ponds and trails , and the most accessible to the public to track the sources of the Ipiranga creek , where there is a suspended walkway about 360 feet into the Atlantic, and the Trail of land that it goes through a secondary forest rich in bamboo .

For this variety of habitats , the Botanical Garden of São Paulo is a good spot for bird watching ( birding or birdwatching ) and Butterfley-watching, so I decided to make a list of butterflies to help those interested who visit looking for their butterflies (and moths), and, of course, to witness a beautiful landscape of its flora . by Antonio Silveira

(Recorded and identified by now: about 148 species)


Follows the alphabetical listing of butterfly (and moths) species recorded by us in the São Paulo Botanical Garden. by Antonio Silveira. 

Actinote carycina Jordan, 1913    (below)

Actinote carycina1-JdBotanicoSP-11-12-15-ASilveira  Actinote pellenea5-JdBotanicoSP-Br-4-4-15-ASilveira

Adelpha abia (Hewitson, 1850)  (below)

Adelpha abia1-JdBot-SP-7-7-16-ASilveira Adelpha abia1v-JdBot-SP-7-7-16-ASilveira

Adelpha lycorias lycorias (Godart, 1824)  (below)

Adelpha malea goyama Schaus, 1902(below)

Adelpha malea goyama4-JdBotanicoSP-BR-2-8-15-ASilveira Adelpha malea goyama3-JdBotanicoSP-BR-2-8-15-ASilveira

Adelpha plesaure Hübner, 1823   (below)

Adelpha serpa serpa  (below)

Adelpha syma (Godart, 1824); Syma Sister  (below)

Adelpha syma1a-JdBotanicoSPBR-1-9-15-ASilveira Adelpha syma1-JdBotanicoSPBR-1-9-15-ASilveira

Adelpha zea (Hewitson, 1850) (below)

Adelpha zea1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira Adelpha zea3-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira

Aeria olena Weymer, 1875 (below)

Aeria olena olena-JdBotanicoSP-BR-22-3-16-ASilveira

Anartia amathea roeselia (Eschscholtz, 1821) (below)

Anartia amathea roeselia4-JDBotanicoSP-10-2-15-ASilveira

Anartia jatrophae (Linnaeus, 1763)   (below)

Anartia jatrophae-JDBotanicoSP-10-2-15-ASilveira

Anastrus sempiternus simplicior (Möschler, 1877) (below)


Anastrus obscurus Hübner, 1824 (below)

Ancyluris aulestes pandama (Saunders, 1850)(below)

Ancyluris aulestes pandama2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira

Anteos clorinde (Godart, 1824)  (White Angled-Sulphur)  (below)


Anteros formosus (Cramer, 1777) (below)

Anthoptus insignis (Plötz, 1882)


Anthoptus epictetus (Fabricius, 1793)   (below)

Arawacus ellida (Hewitson, 1867) (below)

Arawacus meliboeus (Fabricius, 1793) ; Meliboeus Stripestreak  (below)

Arawacus meliboeus4-JdBotanicoSPBR-1-9-15-ASilveira-nome

Archonias brassolis (Fabricius, 1776) (below)

Archonias brassolis1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-6-6-15-ASilveira Archonias brassolis4-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-3-15-ASilveira

 Ascia monuste orseis (Godart, 1819)(below)

Ascia monuste orseis2-PqIbirapueraSP-3-3-15-ASilveira Ascia monuste orseis 3-PqIbirapueraSP-BR-17-2-15-ASilveira

Astraptes anaphus (Cramer, 1777)  probably- (below)  

Astraptes anaphus JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira

Astraptes elorus (Hewitson, 1867) -probably- (below)

Astraptes elorus1-prov-JdBotanicoSP-BR-28-3-16-ASilveira

Astraptes fulgerator (Walch, 1775)(below)

Astraptes fulgerator azul-2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-6-6-15-ASilveira

Barbicornis basilis basilis Godart, 1824 (below)

Barbicornis b. basilis 2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-5-15-ASilveira

Battus polydamas (Linnaeus, 1758)   (below)

battus polydamas-PqIbirapueraSP-BR-17-2-15-ASilveira 

Carminda peon (Godart, 1824)  (below)

Caligo arisbe fulgens Rothschild, 1916

Chalodeta theodora (Felder & Felder, 1862), fêmea (below)

Chalodeta theodora (Felder & Felder, 1862) (below)

Chalodeta theodora-JdBot-SP-7-7-16-ASilveira

Charis cadytis Hewitson, 1866  (below)

  Chlosyne lacinia (Geyer, 1837) (below)

Chlosyne lacinia1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-22-3-16-ASilveira

Cobalopsis nero (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)  (below)

Colobura dirce (Linnaeus, 1758)   (below)

Colobura dirce1a-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-5-15-ASilveira Colobura dirce1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-5-15-ASilveira

Cyanophrys herodotus (Fabricius, 1793) (below)

Cycloglypha tisias (Godman & Salvin, 1896)  (Tisias Bent-Skipper)  (below)

Danaus erippus (Cramer, 1775)   (some consider like D.plexippus erippus )

Dasyophthalma creusa (Hübner, [1821]) (below)

Dasyophthalma creusa3-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-1-16-ASilveira Dasyophthalma creusa4-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-1-16-ASilveira

Diaethria clymena meridionalis (Bates, 1864) (below)


Dione juno (Cramer, 1779)   (below)

Dione juno1-JdBotanicoSP-BR5-4-15-ASilveira

Dircenna dero rhoeo Felder & Felder, 1860  (below)

Dircenna dero rhoeo1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-3-15-ASilveira

Dynamine agacles (Dalman, 1823) (below)

Dynamine agacles1-JdBotanicoSP-11-12-15-ASilveira

Dynamine postverta postverta (Cramer, 1779), fêmea (abaixo)

Dynamine mylitta-f-JdBot-SP-7-7-16-ASilveira

Dynamine athemon (Linnaeus, 1758) (abaixo)

dynamine-athemon1-jdbotanicosp-br-18-9-16-asilveira dynamine-athemon1v-jdbotanicosp-br-18-9-16-asilveira

Dynamine tithia tithia (Hübner, 1823)  (abaixo)

Dynamine tithia salpensa1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-1-16-ASilveira

Dryas iulia (Fabricius, 1775) (below)

Dryas iulia2-JDBotanicoSP-10-2-15-ASilveira

Doxocopa kallina (Staudinger, 1886) (below) female

Doxocopa kallina-f3-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira

Doxocopa laurentia (Godart, 1824)(below)

Doxocopa laurentia3-JdBotanicoSP-BR-30-6-15-ASilveira

Eantis thraso (Hübner, 1807) (below)


Heliconius erato phyllis (Fabricius, 1775)  (below)

Eresia lansdorfi -JdBotanicoSP-BR5-4-15-ASilveira

Elkalyce cogina (Schaus, 1902  (below)

Helias phalaenoides palpalis  (below)

Epityches eupompe (Geyer, 1832)   (below)

Epityches eupompe3-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-6-15-ASilveira Epityches eupompe1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-6-15-ASilveira

Emesis mandana mandana (Cramer, 1780) (below)

Emesis mandana mandana1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-30-6-15-ASilveira

Enantia melite melite (Linnaeus, 1763) (below)

Enantia lina psamathe1-JdBotanicoSP-29-8-16-ASilveira

 Eryphanis reevesi reevesi (Doubleday, [1849])  (below)


Metacharis ptolomaeus (Fabricius, 1793) (below)

Eunica maja maja (Fabricius, 1775)   (below)

Eunica margarita (below)  prob.

eunica-margarita1v-montdojapi-jundiai-sp-7-1-17-asilveira eunica-margarita1-montdojapi-jundiai-sp-7-1-17-asilveira

Eurema arbela arbela Geyer, 1832 (below)

Eurema arbela gracilis2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira Eurema arbela gracilis1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira

Eurema elathea flavescens (Chavanes, 1850)    (male and female) (below)

Eurema elathea-m-JdBotanicoSP-BR-29-3-16-ASilveira Eurema elathea-f1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-29-3-16-ASilveira

Eurybia pergaea (Geyer, 1832)   (below)

Eurybia pergaea1a-JdBotanicoSP-BR-8-1-16-ASilveira Eurybia pergaea1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-8-1-16-ASilveira

Euselasia thucydides thucydides (Fabricius, 1793)   (below)

Euselasia thucydides1-JdBotanicoSP-8-2-16-ASilveira

Evenus regalis (Cramer, 1775)  (below)


Heliconius ethilla narcaea (Godart, 1819) (below)

Eueides isabella dianasa1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-30-6-15-ASilveira

Gorgythion begga begga (Prittwitz, 1868)   (below)

Hesperiidae1a-JdBotanicoSP-BR-4-8-15-ASilveira  Hesperiidae1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-11-6-15-ASilveira  

Hamadryas amphinome amphinome (Linnaeus, 1767)   (below)

Hamadryas amphinome1-Red Cracker-JdBotanicoSP-BR-14-2-15-ASilveira

Hamadryas februa februa (Hübner, [1823])  (below)

Hamadryas februa-JdBotanicoSP-Br-4-4-15-ASilveira Hamadryas februa2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-2-8-15-ASilveira

Hamadryas feronia feronia (Linnaeus, 1758)  (below)

Hamadryas feronia-JdBotanicoSP-9-5-15-ASilveira

Heliconius besckei (Ménétriés, 1857)  (below)

Heliconius erato phyllis-JDBotanicoSP-10-2-15-ASilveira

Heliconius ethilla narcaea Godart, 1819   (below)

Heliconius ethilla-JdBotanicoSP-BR-11-6-15-ASilveira

Heliconius sara (Hübner, [1813])    (below)

Heliconius sara4-JdBotanicoSP-Br-4-4-15-ASilveira

Heliopetes alana (Reakirt, 1868) (below)

Heliopetes alana-JdBotanicoSP-1-9-16-ASilveira

Hermeuptychia atalanta (Butler, 1867)  (below)

Hermeuptychia hermes1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-6-6-15-ASilveira

Hemiargus hanno hanno (Stoll, 1790)  (below)

Hemiargus hanno1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira

Heraclides anchisiades capys (Hübner, [1809])   (below)


Heraclides astyalus  (Godart, 1819) (below) male (rigth and female (lefth)

Heraclides astyalus -JdBotanicoSP-BR-18-3-14-ASilveira  Heraclides astyalus-f1-JdBotanicoSP-11-12-15-ASilveira

Heraclides thoas brasiliensis (Rothschild & Jordan, 1906)  (below)

Heraclides thoas brasiliensis-JdBotanicoSPBR-1-9-15-ASilveira

Hylephila phyleus phyleus (Drury, 1773    (below)

Hylephila phyleus phyleus 2-JDBotanicoSP-10-2-15-ASilveira

Hypanartia lethe (Fabricius, 1793)  (below)

Hypanartia lethe-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira Hypanartia lethe2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-30-6-15-ASilveira

Hypna clytemnestra huebneri Butler, 1866   (below)

Hypna clytemnestra huebneri2-JdBotanicoSP-29-8-16-ASilveira Hypna clytemnestra huebneri1-JdBotanicoSP-29-8-16-ASilveira

Hypothyris ninonia daeta (Boisduval, 1836)   (below)

Hypothyris ninonia daeta1-JdBotanicoSP-10-12-15-ASilveira Hypothyris ninonia daeta-JdBotanicoSP-10-12-15-ASilveira

Ithomia agnosia zikani D’Almeida, 1940   (below)

Ithomia agnosia zikani3-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-3-15-ASilveira

Junonia evarete (Cramer, 1779)  (below)

Junonia evarete-JDBotanicoSP-BR-9-2-15-ASilveira

Kisutam syllis (Godman & Salvin, 1887) (below)


Lasaia agesilas (Latreille, [1809])   (?) (below)

Lasaia agesilas agesilas4-JdBotanicoSP-BR-6-6-15-ASilveira Lasaia agesilas agesilas5-JdBotanicoSP-BR-6-6-15-ASilveira

Lemonias zygia zygia Hübner, [1807]  (below)

Lemonias zygia zygia1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-28-3-16-ASilveira Lemonias zygia zygia3-JdBotanicoSP-BR-28-3-16-ASilveira

Lychnuchus celsus (Fabricius, 1793)    (below)


Marpesia chiron chiron (Fabricius, 1775)   (below)

Marpesia chiron1-JdBotanico-SP-5-1-16-ASilveira-nome

Marpesia petreus petreus (Cramer, 1776)   (below)


Mcclungia salomina  (probably) (below)

Mcclungia salomina-prov -JdBotanicoSP-BR-29-3-16-ASilveira

Mechanitis polymnia casabranca Haensch, 1905   (below)

Mechanitis polymnia casabranca4-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-3-15-ASilveira

Melinaea ludovica paraiya Reakirt, 1866   (below)

Melinaea ludovica paraya (Reakirt, 1866)-JdBotanicoSP-BR-22-3-16-ASilveira

Memphis appias (Hübner, 1825)  (below)

Memphis appias-JdBotanicoSP-BR-4-8-15-ASilveira

Mesosemia odice (Godart, [1824])   (below)

Mesosemia odice2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-30-6-15-ASilveira

Methona themisto (Hübner, 1818)

Miltomiges cinnamomea (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)


Mimoides protodamas (Godart, 1819)   (below)

mimoides-protodamas1-jdbotanicosp-br-19-9-16-asilveira mimoides-protodamas2-jdbotanicosp-br-19-9-16-asilveira

Miltomiges cinnamomea  (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)  (below)

Monethe alphonsus  (Fabricius, 1793)   (below)

Morpho aega (Hübner, [1822])   (below)

Morpho aegas1-JdBotanicoSPBR-17-1-16-ASilveira Morpho aegas1v-JdBotanicoSPBR-17-1-16-ASilveira

Morpho hercules (Dalman, 1823) (below)

Myscelia orsis (Drury, 1782)   (below)  (blue= male; right= female)

Myscelia orsis2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-1-5-15-ASilveira    Myscelia orsis1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-11-6-15-ASilveira

Myscelus amystis epigona Herrich-Schäffer, 1869   (below)

Nisoniades castolus (Hewitson, 1878)


Nymphidium lisimon lisimon (Stoll, 1790)  (below)

Ocaria thales (Fabricius, 1793)   (below)

Ocaria thales-JdBotanicoSP-BR-22-3-16-ASilveira

Panara soana soana Hewitson, 1875   (below)

Panara soana-JdBotanico-SP-19-4-16-ASilveira

Miltomiges cinnamomea  (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869) – below)

Paroquina sp2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-6-15-ASilveira

Parrhasius polibetes (Stoll, 1781)   (below)

Parides anchises nephalion  (Godart, 1819)   (below)

Paryphthimoides phronius (Godart, 1824)  (below)

Perichares seneca seneca (Latreille, 1824)


Pheraeus odilia odilia (Plötz, 1884)   prov. (below)

Philaethria wernickei (Röber, 1906)  (below)

Philaethria wernickei1-SItapetingaAtibaiaSPBR-2-5-15-ASilveira

Phoebis neocypris  Hübner, [1823]) (below)

Phoebis neocypris-JdBotanicoSP-Br-4-4-15-ASilveira

Phoebis argante argante (Fabricius, 1775)  (below)

Phoebis philea philea -JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira

Placidina euryanassa (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1860) (below)

Protesilaus sp (prov. Protesilaus helios)

Pseudoscada erruca (Hewitson, 1855)  (?)  (below)

Pseudoscada erruca-JdBotanicoSP-18-4-15-ASilveira

Pierella nereis (Drury, 1782)  (below)

pierella-nereis-jdbotanicosp-br-28-11-16-asilveira Pierella nereis1v-JdBotanicoSP-BR-21-1-16-ASilveira

Phocides metrodorus metronEvans, 1952      (below)

Pterourus scamander grayi (Boisduval, 1836) (below)


Pterourus scamander grayi (Boisduval, 1836) (below)

Pterourus scamander grayi2-JdBotanicoSPBR-7-3-16-ASilveira

Pyrgus orcynoides (Giacomelli, 1928) (below)

Pyrgus orcus1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-5-15-ASilveira

Riodina lycisca lycisca (Hewitson, [1863])  (below)

Riodina lycisca lycisca 1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-7-5-15-ASilveira

Saliana longirostris(Sepp, [1840])  prob.  (below)

Siproeta epaphus trayja (Hübner, [1823])  (below)

Siproeta epaphus trayja1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-30-6-15-ASilveira

Sostrata cronion (C. Felder & R. Felder, 1867) (below)

Sostrata cronion4-JdBotanico-SP-5-1-16-ASilveira

Strephonota elika (Hewitson, 1867)  (below)

Tegosa claudina (Eschscholtz, 1821)  (below)

Tegosa claudina -JdBotanicoSP-1-9-16-ASilveira

Temenis laothoe meridionalis Ebert, 1965 (below)

Temenis laothoe meridionalis2-JdBotanicoSP-BR-6-6-15-ASilveira

Thracides cleanthes cleanthes (Latreille, 1824)  (below)


Thepytus thyrea  (Hewitson, 1867)   (below)

Urbanus procne (Plötz, 1880)  (below)

Urbanus sp   (below)

Urbanus sp1-JdBotanicoSP-Br-4-4-15-ASilveira

Urbanus sp2-JdBotanicoSP-BR5-4-15-ASilveira

Urbanus sp1-JDBotanicoSP-10-2-15-ASilveira

Vanessa braziliensis (Moore, 1883)  (below)


Vettius diversa diversa (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)  (below)

Xenophanes tryxus (Stoll, 1780)  (below)

Xenophanes tryxus-JdBotanicoSP-BR-9-6-15-ASilveira

Zenis jebus jebus (Plötz, 1882)



Outras (others) para identificar (to identifiction):

Mariposas para identificar ? moths to identification:

mariposa2-jdbotanicosp-br-19-9-16-asilveira   mariposa3-jdbotanicosp-br-19-9-16-asilveira

Mariposinha branca-JdBotanico-SP-19-4-16-ASilveira


Obs: (probable occurrence) because it was recorded by the author in other green areas of the city of Sao Paulo but not have registered for the botanical garden yet, but probable for this local.

All photos by Antonio Silveira


The author in Botanical Garden area.

AS1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-29-3-16-ASilveira AS1-JdBotanicoSP-BR-22-3-16-ASilveira


AS2-JdBotanicoSPBR-7-3-16-ASilveira  AS4-JdBotanicoSPBR-7-3-16-ASilveira



Anartia amathea JdBotanicoSP Br 4 4 15 ASilveira

Anartia amathea roeselia, JdBotanicoSP-BR 14 2 2015 Antonio Silveira

Archonias brassolis,JdBotanicoSP BR 7 3 2015 Antonio Silveira

Astraptes fulgerator azul JdBotanicoSP BR 11 6 15 ASilveira

Dircenna dero rhoeo, JdBotanicoSP BR 7 3 2015 Antonio Silveira

Dircenna dero rhoeo-JdBotanicoSP-BR 6 11 2015 Antonio Silveira

Dione juno, Jardim Botânico-SP BR 30 6 2015 Antonio Silveira

Doxocopa laurentia, Jardim Botânico-SP BR 30 6 2015 Antonio Silveira

Emesis mandana mandana, Jardim Botânico-SP BR 30 6 2015 Antonio Silveira

Heliconius ethila narcaea. Jardim Botânico-SP BR 30 6 2015 Antonio Silveira

Eryphanis reevesii Jardim Botânico-SP-BR4 1 2018 Antonio Silveira

Hamadryas amphinome JdBotanicoSP BR 14 2 2015 Antonio Silveira

Hamadryas amphinome, Jd Botanico-SP BR 7 5 2015 Antonio Silveira

Heliconius sara, JdBotanicoSP Br 4 4 2015 Antonio Silveira

Heliconius sara, JdBotanicoSP BR 6 6 2015 Antonio Silveira

Heliconius erato phyllis,JD-BotanicoSP-BR 10 2 2015 Antonio Silveira

Heliconius erato phyllis-JdBotanicoSP-BR 6 11 2015 Antonio Silveira

Hypanartia lethe, Jardim Botânico-SP BR 30 6 2015 Antonio Silveira

Ithomia agnosia zikani, JdBotanicoSP BR 7 3 2015 Antonio Silveira

Ithomia agnosia-JdBotanicoSP-BR 6 11 2015 Antonio Silveira

Marpesia petreus,Jardim Botânico-SP-BR,31 10 15 Antonio Silveira

Myscelia orsis, JdBotanico-SP BR 1 5 2015 Antonio Silveira

Myscelia orsis, femea, JdBotanicoSP BR 11 6 2015 Antonio Silveira

Riodina lycisca lycisca, Jd Botanico-SP BR 7 5 2015 Antonio Silveira

Tegosa claudina, JdBotanicoSP BR 4 4 2015 Antonio Silveira

SEE more videos about butterflies in Sao Paulo Botanical garden , by Antonio Silveira


Thaks bol. Giustavo de Mattos Accacio (#borboletas_do_brasil) for identification of several species.

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