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The neotropical genus Adelpha includes 85 species distributed from western USA to Uruguay, and occurs in a wide variety of habitats from sea level to 3000 m. Adelpha larvae engage in an odd practice not known for other New World butterflies; they accumulate their fecal pellets, fastening them in place with silk, to form a mass which either surrounds the base of the support or is suspended beneath it.

El género neotropical Adelpha incluye 85 especies distribuídas desde el occidente de EEUU a Uruguay, en una amplia variedad de habitats que van desde el nivel del mar hasta los 3000 metros. Las larvas de Adelpha suelen efectuar un comportamiento bastante raro y no conocido en el resto de las mariposas del Nuevo Mundo: acumulan sus eyecciones fecales en pellets de seda, formando una masa que se apoya sobre su base o cuelga desde ella.

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