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Eueides pavana Ménétriés 1857

Margarita Beltrán
Containing group: Eueides


Etymology: Pavana or Vayu is a sacred hindu name. God of wind or air is a fierce god. He drives his horses furiously, sometimes a thousand of them. He is thought of as the god of rapid motion and therefore the father of the fleet-footed (Vayu).


Early stages:  Eggs white and approximately 1 x 0.8 mm (h x w). Females usually place 1 to 10 eggs under older leaves of the host plant.  Mature larvae have a green and yellow body with black spots and stripes, with black scoli and orange head; length is around 1 cm. Caterpillars are gregarious (Brown, 1981).

Geographical distribution

Eueides pavana is distributed in South Brazil. The map below shows an approximate representation of the geographic distribution of this species. The original data used to draw these maps are derived from Brown (1979) which is available at Keith S. Brown Jr. (1979). Ecological Geography and Evolution in Neotropical Forests.

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Distribution of Eueides pavana. © 2002 Margarita Beltran.


E. pavana occurs from sea level to 1,500 m in montane forests. Usually individuals fly slowly in the canopy. The males sit on female pupae a day before emergence, and mating occurs the next morning, before the female has completely eclosed (Brown, 1981).

Hostplant: E. pavana larvae feed primarily on plants from the genus Passiflora subgenus Astrophea and Polyanthea (Brown, 1981). 


Brown K. S. 1979. Ecologia Geográfica e Evolução nas Florestas Neotropicais. 2 vols. (Tese apresentada à Universidade Estadual de Campinas como parte das exigências de um Concurso de Livre Docência, area de Ecologia). Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil.

Brown K. S. 1981 The Biology of Heliconius and Related Genera. Annual Review of Entomology 26, 427-456.

Ménétriés E. 1857 Enumeratio corporum animalium Musei Imperialis Academiae Scientiarum Petropolitanae. Classis insecto-rum. Ordo lepidopterorum. Petropoli, Eggers et Soc.; Lipsiae, Leop. Voss. 1: xv + 1-66 + 67-97 + [2] pp., pls. 1-6 (December 1855); 2: vi + 67-112 + [2] + 99-144 + [2] pp., pls. 7-14 (September 1857)

Vayu. Indian Divinity. http://www.webonautics.com/mythology/vayu.html [Accessed Aug 16, 2008]

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