Callicore hydaspes

Callicore hydaspes is a beautiful butterfly from Neotropic ecozone (South America). The first description was in 1782 by Drury. The wingspan is about 3.0 – 3.5 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. Callicore hydaspes is black. It has a red band on its forewings. On the hind wings there is an area with blue structure colour.

Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Callicore hydaspes. Callicore hydaspes is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Neotropic (South America).


The forewings are black. The wing is dominated by a narrow red band.
The underside of Callicore hydaspes is dark-brown. The wing is dominated by a narrow red band. In the wing tip there is a yellow stripe. 

The hind wings of Callicore hydaspes are black. The outer edge is a little bit wavy. Next to the body shines an area by blue structure colour.
The underside is dark-brown. In the middle of the wing are four whitish or yellow spots. These spots are surrounded by a not closed, yellow ring. Near the body and at the outside edge there is a yellow strip. In the rear part of the wing there are  three tiny white spots.

The body is black, but the underside has some yellow stripes. 

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Callicore hydaspes is a butterfly from the Neotropic (South America). It is an endemic butterfly from Brazil.

This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1782 by Drury. There are no subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Callicore hystaspes Fabricius 1781

Scientific name

Callicore hydaspes Drury 1782

Other names


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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NEOTROPIC (South America)


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