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HENAO-BANOL, Efraín Reinel  and  GANTIVA-Q., Carlos H.. Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea-Papilionoidae) from the Tropical Dry Forest in Colombia. Knowing diversity in a threatened ecosystem. Bol. Cient. Mus. Hist. Nat. Univ. Caldas [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.1, pp.150-196. ISSN 0123-3068.


To present for the first time the list of butterfly species (Lepidoptera: HesperioideaPapilionoidae) for the Tropical Dry Forest (Bs-T) of Colombia, the information gaps in some regions are indicated and some are proposed typical species of Bs-T.


Based on a review of literature, field trips, consultation of biological collections and the help of some specialists, a taxonomic list of butterflies for this ecosystem is proposed.


A total of 2222 records and 1825 individuals were reviewed corresponding to 662 species, where the Nymphalidae family presented 274 species, followed by Hesperiidae with 183, Riodinidae 69, Pieridae 52, Lycaenidae 73 and Papilionidae with 21 species. In addition, 15 species of butterflies characteristic of this type of ecosystem are proposed and listed.


Knowledge is provided about the diversity of butterflies for an ecosystem in critical condition such as Bs-T, as well as an approximation of its wealth that allows to propose conservation strategies for the ecosystem.

Keywords : Lepidoptera; Hesperioidea; Papilionoidea; Tropical dry forest; bioindicating species.

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