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Lysimnia Tigerwing

Mechanitis lysimnia labotas


I saw several of these flying around in dense undergrowth with dappled sunshine, in an otherwise dark, very steep sided valley. According to Wikipedia it is also called Confused Tigerwing or Sweet-oil Tiger.


Mountainous tropical rainforest. The habitat consists of disturbed forests at altitudes up to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft).


Bayucca, have I got the right ID here ? The eyes look blue and lined in my photos and seem solid brown in the Butterfly of America photos.


bayucca 5 years ago

No, #2 is indeed your Mechanitis polymnia isthmia, I overlooked that one.

pamsai 5 years ago

thanks bayucca.
I notice that the second photo is of a different specimen. Is it still the same species?

bayucca 5 years ago

Almost... The genus is correct, it is a Mechanitis sp., but yours is Mechanitis lysimnia labotas.
The similarity with Mechanitis polymnia isthmia is indeed great.

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San José, San José, Costa Rica

Spotted on May 8, 2015
Submitted on May 9, 2015

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