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Dirce Beauty

Colobura dirce dirce


"Colobura dirce has two subspecies, the widespread Central and South American C. dirce dirce and the Caribbean C. dirce wolcotti. The biology of the species is quite quite well-known. Eggs are laid in small clusters of 2-10 eggs on saplings of the host plant Cecropia. The larvae go through five instars, and late instar larvae are velvet black with pale yellow scoli (branched spines). Pupation happens on the host plant, and the pupae resemble dead twigs. Adults are common in a variety of forest and secondary growth habitats from sea level to 1600 m."

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Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel a year ago

Thanks Leuba and Kostas

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Congratulations !

KostasZontanos a year ago

Congratulations José Miguel!

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel a year ago

Such an honour! The wild life here in Costa Rica is so beautiful. This awesome butterfly was spotted in the university of Costa Rica, in the middle of San José.

DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations José Miguel, this beauty is our Spotting of the Day!


Provincia San José, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.95, Long: -84.05

Spotted on Feb 9, 2017
Submitted on Feb 9, 2017


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