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Seasonal Leafwing Butterfly

Zaretis ellops

Description:

Fairly large at about 2.5" x 1.75". This is very similar to a species found in Asia - Kallima inachus. Notice the two transparent holes on the wings.

Habitat:

Tropical dry forest in NW Costa Rica 7 weeks into the 6 month dry season


19 Comments

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

One of my favorite images! I am sure glad you enjoyed it Mayra!!!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Wow!!!! This is fantastic!!! Congrats!!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

thanks Arushi and Leuba!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

great spotting, ICN - such amazing creatures!!

ArushiMisra
ArushiMisra 5 years ago

awesome one. :)

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

thanks aldrin and jonathan!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

Thanks Misako!

misako
misako 5 years ago

Cool!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

thanks bayucca, susan and nuwan!!!!!! I am glad you enjoyed the spotting.

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 5 years ago

great one !!!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 5 years ago

neat spot

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

Definitely Zaretis sp., species is tricky since they are quite variable. It is not Itys, Callidryas has usually more a greenish appearence, and for Isidora it should have more frosty/whitish area on the hindwing. And then Ellops is left. So I think it might be Zaretis ellops. But I am not 100% sure.
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/imagehtm...
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/t/Zareti...

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

Thanks Asergio!!! Sarah thanks and I am not sure of the species yet. Hopefully there will be some info when I find out.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 5 years ago

Are those transparent holes part of his "leaf disguise"??

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 5 years ago

What an amazing butterfly.....great camo!! :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

It is a great photo, Ig. And the butterfly is beautiful.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

Thanks Atul!
Ismael si no habia estado parado encima de una hoja verde de palmera no iba verlo nunca. tienes razon!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 5 years ago

Estas son increibles practicamente nadie dudaria en decir q es una hoja

Atul
Atul 5 years ago

Superb spotting , !!

Costa Rica

Lat: 10.20, Long: -85.83

Spotted on Jan 14, 2012
Submitted on Jan 15, 2012

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