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Butterfly on firebush

Hermeuptychia hermes


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




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.


Jorge4 6 years ago

Thanks Ryan Fezz and bayucca

bayucca 6 years ago

Nymphalidae, Satyrinae, Satyrini, Hermeuptychia hermes. Very similar to the US species Hermeuptychia sosybius.

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.

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Yucatán, Mexico

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

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