|Museum specimen in Muséum de Toulouse|
| Methone cecilia|
The genus Methone is monotypic. The single species is Methone cecilia is unmistakably characterized by the conspicuous colouring and the deeply indented margin of the hindwing being continued in the female at the ends of the veins into teeth-like small tails. On the forewing the subcostal is four-branched; the branches 1 and 2 rise before, 3 and 4 behind the cell. The hindwing is without a basal vein. The palpi are extremely short.
The colouring resembles that of certain Themone, Cartea, Monethe, Aricoris which imitate butterflies such as Ithomiinae and pericopine moths. The females are very stout and clumsy which makes them still more similar to the unwieldy Actinote. They are quite common but they are local and seem not to leave their birthplace.
List of subspecies
- M. c. cecilia present in Suriname and French Guiana
- M. c. chrysomela (Butler, 1872) present in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia
- M. c. magnarea (Seitz, 1913) present in Brazil (Amazonas), Peru and Bolivia
- M. c. eurotias (Stichel, 1919) present in Ecuador
- M. c. caduca (Stichel, 1919) present in Costa Rica
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