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Butterfly on firebush

Hermeuptychia hermes

Description:

It seems to have four legs, I do not know if there are some butterflies with four legs or its only that it looks like it. It is not very big it has about 4 cm wingspan

Habitat:

Garden

Notes:

It was actually licking some very mature wild red fruits, which looks like firebush (Hamelia patens) and I think are not edible as I have read we shouldn't try brighly coloured thinks we dont know. I am including photos of the fruit and flower which are very atractive to other insects and hummingbirds.

3 Comments

Jorge4
Jorge4 6 years ago

Thanks Ryan Fezz and bayucca

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Nymphalidae, Satyrinae, Satyrini, Hermeuptychia hermes. Very similar to the US species Hermeuptychia sosybius.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/444091/bgi...

Ryan Fezz
Ryan Fezz 6 years ago

The Carolina Satyr is a brushfoot butterfly, being it belongs to the family Nymphalidae which has the defining characteristic of being able to stand only only 4 legs. The front pair is reduced and typically held pressed underneth the eyes and only unfolded to taste or "brush" a leaf, hence the name brushfoot.

Jorge4
Spotted by
Jorge4

Yucatán, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 17, 2013
Submitted on Dec 11, 2013

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