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Midnight Purplewing

Eunica norica


A medium to small butterfly. The forewing was soot black on top and the hind wing was soot black forward and iridescent blue posteriorly. I believe the underside was a drab combination of black and cream colored spots and swirls.


This butterfly was seen on the ground in a clearing alongside a runway in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador.


One of the incredible butterflies of the Amazon that shows iridescent blue color.


Tukup 2 weeks ago

Wow. As Sukanya intimated, "You're the man." Perfect match. Thanks much. I hope you can help me identify more of these beautiful creatures.

Paul Davis
Paul Davis 2 weeks ago

Great find and image , there are a few similar Eunica sp ,but I think E.norica is correct.

Tukup 2 weeks ago

Thanks. I'm sure someone will recognize it. If not, that is pretty cool too. Means its not common

Brian38 2 weeks ago

I know what you mean. Hopefully ID help will be coming your way. I love these kind of pictures sometimes - away from distractions. Giving the subject complete detail and attention. Great shot of this beauty.

Tukup 2 weeks ago

It really was. I thought it was unique enough I would be able to find an identifying picture, but too many butterflies in the Amazon. Thanks.

Brian38 2 weeks ago


Simon Bolivar, Pastaza, Ecuador

Lat: -2.09, Long: -77.45

Spotted on Jun 13, 2011
Submitted on Feb 8, 2019


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