Biblis hyperia

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Biblis hyperia
Biblis hyperia MHNT dos.jpg
Dorsal view - MHNT
Biblis hyperia MHNT ventre.jpg
Ventral view
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Biblis
Fabricius, 1807
Species: B. hyperia
Binomial name
Biblis hyperia
(Cramer, 1779)[1]


  • Zonaga Billberg, 1820
  • Zonagra Sherborn, 1932


  • Papilio hyperia
  • Didonis biblis Godman & Salvin, [1883]

Biblis hyperia, the red rim or crimson-banded black, is a species of brush-footed butterfly (family Nymphalidae) that is native to the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America as far south as Paraguay.[2] It is monotypic in the genus Biblis.

They can be seen flying between March and November in subtropical forest.[3][4] The immature larvae feed on Tragia volubilis.[5]


Adults have a velvety-black forewing with a gray hindwing. The hindwing has a pinkish-red band.[4] The caterpillars of this species are gray brown with raised green marks and spikes.[3] 1342


Listed alphabetically:[6]

  • B. h. aganisa Boisduval, 1836
  • B. h. hyperia (Cramer, [1779])
  • B. h. laticlavia (Thieme, 1904)
  • B. h. nectanabis (Fruhstorfer, 1909)
  • B. h. pacifica (Hall, 1928)

An unnamed species has been identified in Peru.[7]



  1. ^ "Biblis hyperia Red Rim". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Red Rim Biblis hyperia (Cramer, 1779)". Butterflies and Moths of North America. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Species Biblis hyperia - Red Rim". Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  4. ^ a b Kaufman, Kenn; Brock, Jim P. (2003). Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-618-76826-4. 
  5. ^ "Museum:Biblis hyperia". Archived from the original on 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Biblis Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  7. ^ Lamas, Gerardo. (2004) Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera; Checklist: Part 4A; Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea.

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