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Dione Huebner 1819

Andrew V. Z. Brower and Margarita Beltrán
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Mexican SilverspotLaying eggs.
taxon links [up-->]Dione glycera [up-->]Dione moneta [up-->]Dione juno [down<--]Heliconiini Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Heliconiini


A widespread neotropical genus. The butterflies in this genus are recognized by the orange upperside, reflective silver spots on the underside, and the shape of the antennal club (DeVries, 1997).

The hostplants are all members of the Passifloraceae. Dione is able to utilize a great number of species and subgroups of Passiflora. The eggs are laid in large groups on old leaves, and the larvae can be agricultural pests in passion flower farms. The larvae are almost unicolored, spiny and gregarious feeders. The pupae are not spined, and in general are dull and cryptic (DeVries, 1997) (see each species for more details).

Etymology: DIONE was the goddess of the oracle of Dodona in Thesprotia, and the mother of Aphrodite by Zeus. Her name is simply the feminine form of Zeus (Dios) (DIONE).


DeVries P. J. 1997 The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History, Volume I: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae Princeton University Press, Baskerville, USA.

Dione. Theoi Greek Mythology. http://www.theoi.com/Titan/TitanisDione.html [Accessed 26 August 2008]

Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.

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Mexican Silverspot
Scientific Name Dione moneta
Location Mexico City, Mexico
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Life Cycle Stage Adult
Source http://www.maryposa.org
Source Collection Maryposa
Copyright © Maria Franco
Laying eggs.
Scientific Name Dione juno
Location Mexico City, Mexico
Comments Dione juno lays eggs in clusters.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex Female
Life Cycle Stage Adult
Source Collection Maryposa
Copyright © Maria Franco
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Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

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Brower, Andrew V. Z. and Margarita Beltrán. 2008. Dione Huebner 1819. Version 04 September 2008 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Dione/72861/2008.09.04 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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