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Phlegia Metalmark

Stalachtis phlegia

Description:

A butterfly (and a little ant) on a flower.

Habitat:

Cerrado.

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6 Comments

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Fantastic capture...

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Please, add the "Phlegia Metalmark" as common name, thanks!

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

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 ;-)...

RhiannonDauster
RhiannonDauster 8 years ago

Thanks bayucca! I just added another photo with the wings a bit more open. Does that help?

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Riodinidae/Metalmark, Stalachtis phlegia, for the subspecies you need an open wing shot.

RhiannonDauster
RhiannonDauster 8 years ago

I would be interested in knowing the species of this flowering shrub too - it grows around our house and attracts a lot of butterflies.

RhiannonDauster
Spotted by
RhiannonDauster

Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Goiás, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 9, 2010
Submitted on May 20, 2012

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