MARIPOSAS de BOLIVIA

Enero - Febrero 2012

sitio 69

first update d.  16 March 2012

  last update d. 25 December 2017

Redactor: Lars Andersen

Camino de Muerte, Yungas, elev. 2000/2600 m.

Cascades de Sacramento Alto

Kori Wayku inca trail

15/18 January, and 9 February 2012

Camino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2500 m. d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Cloud forest and their butterflies in eastern Andes in Bolivia.

Cloud forests are upper montane rain forest, montane laurel forest, or more localised terms such as the Bolivian Yungas, have transition zones between the high Andes alpine and tropical Amazon flora and fauna. Amazon riwer system in South America has approx. 40% of the world's total forest land, approx. 70% of the world's animal and plant species, some of these reaches into the cloud forests. Once you get over 2400 meters altitude pops up plants which are known from North America and Asia as violets, blackberries and various heathers, grasses and orchids.

Camino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2600 m. d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Many of the Yungas are degraded areas or tree formations in recovery who have not yet reached its climax vegetation, like the Fayal-Heath of Macaronesian laurisilva. The diversity of plants and animal species falls dramatically when you get over 2400 meters altitude. Cloud Forest appear from Venezuela to northwestern Argentina via Brazil Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru


Butterflies in the cloud forests along “the world's most dangerous road”.

Camino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2600 m. d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2600 m. d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenEleonora Clearwing, Ithomia eleonoras. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenSacramento Alto, Camino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

  Clearwings, Ithomiini; Deep in the ravines shaded part where the small white flowers of Eupatorium grow in small groups along the smal riverstream, fly to the flowers of several species of clearwings throughout their lives in close symbiosis with the host plant. Even in the rain flying butterflies active around to search nectar on flowers. Clearwings, Ithomiini from Yungas, Enero - Febrero 2006 - 2010 sitio 66

Coroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenOleria attalia attalia . Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenOleria derondina derondina. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenEleonora Clearwing, Ithomia eleonoras. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenMira Clearwing, Episcada mira. Kori Huayco River, Coroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. Yungas, Bolivia. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenDero Clearwing,  Dircenna dero. Coroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenMira Clearwing, Episcada mira. Coroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

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Sweet-oil Tiger, Mechanitis lysimnia ssp.; elisa. Coroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenSweet-oil Tiger, Mechanitis lysimnia ssp.; elisa. Coroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenSweet-oil Tiger, Mechanitis lysimnia ssp.; elisa. Coroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

  Sweet-oil Tiger, Mechanitis lysimnia is a very widespread species, distributed from southern Mexico to Uruguay. There are at least 15 different subspecies, each varying in colour and pattern. The illustrated race elisa is restricted to the lowlands of Peru, Bolivia and the Mato Grosso in Brazil. The butterfly is visible mainly in the early morning, and again in late afternoon, at which time the imago butterflies can be found visiting Eupatorium flowers in forest clearings and along riverbanks.

Camino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku Inca Trail elev. 2000 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenParataygetis albinotata (A. Butler, 1867). Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenLeucospilos Satyr, Oxeoschistus leucospilos pugil (Thieme, 1907). Sacramento Alto, Camino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Mountain Black Satyr; Pronophilini are large butterflies dominate the air around the treetop in cloudforests, its favorite food plant is the Andean bamboo that is common there. There are several species which are very similar. The flies usually high in trees, but can be lured down with animal feces and pee.

Camino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

The next butterfly is the beutiful pearlblue Lympharis Morpho or Mountains Morpho, Morpho lympharis only fly in the sunshine, go to rest as soon as a cloud shadows of the sun in the ravine. Is the most spetacular butterflies flying along the world's most dangerous road in Bolivia. Cascades de Sacramento Alto Febrero 2008 sitio 34

Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Mountains Water Whites, Catasticta is comprised of about 90 species, all found in the Andes, South America or Cordilleras of Central America from 600 to 2600 meters altitude. The species are often extremly difficult to identify, most having very similar patterns on the underwings surfaces.

Males are usually found wiht small streams they gather in numbers, often several species together. They often sit wedged amongst small semi-submerged rocks and pebbles at the edge of shallow streams, or where small fords cross mountain roads. Females rarely settle on the ground, and are instead encountered in flight on mountain passes, or when feeding at flowers at cloud forest / grassland transition zones. Feedplants: Parasitic mistletoes, Phoradendron species. Caterpillars feed in small groups. Pupae are found in groups on tree trunks and look like bird droppings.

Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Collina Dartwhite, Catasticta collina (F. Brown, 1939).
Ecovia/Kori Wayku inca trail 2000 m., Yungas, Bolivia
February 2, 2010. Photographer; Lars Andersen

Double-spotted Owl, Eryphanis zolvizora zolvizora. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Between the Andes bamboo you can be lucky to see the beautiful Double Spotted Owl Butterfly, Eryphanis zolvizora. It is active in cloudy weather and late on days in the blue hour.

Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenAdelpha coryneta. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenAdelpha alala. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenAdelpha alala. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenHypanartia kefersteini. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenDoxocopa cyane cyane. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenDoxocopa cyane cyane. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenTegosa etis. Coroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenPerisama calamis (Hewitson, 1869).  Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenPerisama alicia (Hewitson, 1868), Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenPerisama alicia (Hewitson, 1868), Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenPerisama alicia (Hewitson, 1868), Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  19 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenDagon catula. Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenDynamine tithia. Camino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Also a big purplered Leafwing ; Brush Footed Anaea, Polygrapha tyrianthina, another Anaea which is deep blue with sickle-shaped wings and tails; Boisduval's Leafwing, Memphis moruus is also seen in the ravines.

There are a few Metal Wings, Riodinidae as; Sylphina Angel, Chorinea sylphina and Angularis Metalmark, Emesis angularis and various small skippers and some dark ringlet.

Coroico valley elev. 1800 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail, elev. 2000 m d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail, elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenRio Coroico elev. 1100 m. d.  7 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenRio Coroico elev. 1100 m. d.  7 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCoroico Viejo, elev. 1600 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte elev. 2600 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenKori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  11 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

To get to the Cloud forest at Cascades de Sacramento Alto at 2600 meters altitude, you have to ru along the Camino de Muerte / most dangerous road in the world to get there. Either from La Paz south from the Cumbre Pass in 4660 meters altitude, or from Coroico in north via Yolosa in 1100 meters altitude, and down to Caranavi.

Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  15 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenDognin's Joker, Atyriodes figulatum (Subfamily: Sterrhinae). Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenDognin's Joker, Atyriodes figulatum (Subfamily: Sterrhinae). Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d.  18 January 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen


Chorinea sylphina. Kori Wayku inca trail, Yungas, Bolivia d. 1 february 2010. Photographer; Lars AndersenChorinea sylphina. Kori Wayku inca trail, Yungas, Bolivia d. 1 february 2010. Photographer; Lars AndersenChorinea sylphina. Kori Wayku inca trail, Yungas, Bolivia d. 1 february 2010. Photographer; Lars AndersenChorinea sylphina. Sacramento Alto, Yungas, Bolivia d. 4 february 2010. Photographer; Lars Andersen

Andean Bee Butterfly, Chorinea sylphina. Kori Wayku inca trail, and Sacramento Alto, Yungas, Bolivia d. 1 & 2 february 2010. Photographer; Lars Andersen.

Andean Bee Butterfly, Chorinea sylphina are a cloudforest species at altitudes between 1400 to 2700m. The genus Chorinea comprises of 8 species, all following the same basic wing pattern as sylphina, but varying in the configuration and extent of the red marking on their hindwings. Distribution; Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Similary species Yungas Bee Butterfly, Chorinea faunus / amazon are in lower high altitudes between 600 to 1200m around Caranavi valley, Yungas, Bolivia.

Caranavi elev. 810 m. d.  24 January 2012. Photographer: Lars AndersenCaranavi elev. 810 m. d.  24 January 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Amazon Bee Butterfly, Chorinea faunus /amazon Caranavi elev. 810 m. d. 24 January 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen


Cycling the world's most dangerous road

Camino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2600 m. d.  4 February 2010. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2600 m. d.  4 February 2010. Photographer: Lars AndersenCamino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2600 m. d.  4 February 2010. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Camino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2600 m. d. 4 February 2010. Photographer: Lars Andersen

The old Yungas Road is now used mainly for mountainbikers after the new road are open. This Yungas Road is also called the "death road". Along the road in 2600 M.H. found the famous waterfalls "Cascades de Sacramento Alto" and some other exciting ravines where I have photographed butterflies several times. Read article at Wikipedia

Camino de Muerte elev. 2400 m. Yungas, Bolivia d.  9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen

Camino de Muerte, Cascades de Sacramento Alto, elev. 2400 m. d. 9 February 2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen


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