The Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea (Lepidoptera) of São Luiz Do Purunã, Balsa Nova, Paraná State, Brazil.


  • L. C. C. Beltrami
  • O. H. H. Mielke
  • M. M. Casagrande
  • E. Carneiro


inventory, Araucaria forest, grasslands, high altitude butterflies, threatened species, species distribution


A list of butterflies (Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea) is presented from São Luiz do Purunã, Balsa Nova, Paraná, a locality in south Brazil. This area is especially characterized by a unique landscape in which Araucaria Forest patches are naturally surrounded by grasslands. Including are 185 spp. of Hesperiidae, 14 spp. of Papilionidae, 25 spp. of Pieridae, 40 spp. of Lycaenidae, 38 spp. of Riodinidae and 130 spp. of Nymphalidae. Recorded for the first time in that region were 37 species, including some large and colourful species (e.g. Eurytides bellerophon and Eurytides dolicaon deicoon) and small inconspicuous skippers. We highlight the presence of characteristic species of Araucarian forest and grasslands, aiming to contribute to the biology and habitat description of butterflies of such altitudinal landscapes. Additionally, the presence and absence of threatened species are individually discussed to better describe their geographical distribution.