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A butterfly (and a little ant) on a flower.
Please, add the "Phlegia Metalmark" as common name, thanks!
Might be Stalachtis phlegia phlegetontia. I am not 100% sure. I would just take Stalachtis phlegia, that's enough:http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/L/st...I had quite a few discussions, also with accepted experts, but I still disagree with the result since they just ignored what my eyes see: spots, that there were clearly visible there, but the proposed species and subspecies has NO spot at all (in the whole literature). But I gave it up, there were also 2 different photographs of 2 different species involved in the forum and I have the suspicion they made a complete mess with these shots ;-)...
Thanks bayucca! I just added another photo with the wings a bit more open. Does that help?
Riodinidae/Metalmark, Stalachtis phlegia, for the subspecies you need an open wing shot.
I would be interested in knowing the species of this flowering shrub too - it grows around our house and attracts a lot of butterflies.
Spotted on Dec 9, 2010 Submitted on May 20, 2012
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