Microtia (butterfly)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Melitaeini
Subtribe: Chlosynina
Genus: Microtia
Bates, 1864
Species: M. elva
Binomial name
Microtia elva
Bates, 1864
  • Microtia elva f. draudti Röber, [1914]

Microtia is a monophyletic genus of butterflies from southern United States and Central America in the family Nymphalidae. It contains the single species Microtia elva, the elf.[1] Larvae of this species feed on Tetramerium and other species in the family Acanthaceae.[2]


  • M. e. elva (Guatemala, Nicaragua)
  • M. e. horni Rebel, 1906 (Mexico, Oaxaca)


  1. ^ "Microtia Bates, 1864" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Allen, Thomas J.; Brock, James P.; Glassberg, Jeffrey (2005). Caterpillars in the Field and Garden: A Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America. OUP USA. p. 84. ISBN 9780195149876.