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Libytheinae
Libytheinae

The Libytheinae are a nymphalid subfamily known as snout butterflies, containing two valid genera and about ten species: six in Libythea and four in Libytheana. The common name refers to the thick labial palps (pedipalps) that look like a "snout" in this subfamily. In older literature, this group was recognized as the family Libytheidae. They are medium-sized and typically a drab brown.[1] The front legs are reduced in length and the ventral hindwings are cryptically colored to help them blend in with their surroundings.[1] While at rest, the members of this subfamily keep their wings tightly closed to resemble dead leaves.[1]

Classification


Libytheinae is a subfamily of the family Nymphalidae:[2]

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