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Introduction

Hamadryas feronia is an abundant widespread species found from Texas to Argentina, southern Brazil and Paraguay. This species is found in open forests at elevations from sea level up to 1,500m. Adults have been recorded on road surfaces, vegetation and rotting fruit.Hamadryas feronia is difficult to spot due to its fantastic camouflage but can be found lying with it wings flat open on many trees.Males make a loud clicking noise during flight. It is thought the noise is used to:
  • attract a mate
  • fight off rival males
  • scare away predators
No-one knows how the sound is produced, but it is probably made by clapping the wings together.

Conservation
As with many neotropical species, this species has not been assessed globally on its conservation status using the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list criteria.

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