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Green Mantle

Caria mantinea


The genus Caria, in the family Riodinidae, contains some of the most beautiful and elusive species on Earth. They are rarely seen because of their superb camouflage, usually settling on mossy or algae covered ground. I can't convey the excitement I experienced when I first saw one of these glittering beauties. They are incredibly fast flying, virtually impossible for me to follow with my eyes.


Usually seen near a pebbly 'beach' beside a stream in primary rainforest at altitudes between about 100-1000m.

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pamsai 5 years ago

thanks Karen, and the eye was good, just to be able to see them !

pamsai 5 years ago

I'm glad you like them Felix. I am happy to be able to show them here on PN. This was the first time I had seen them also. Very lucky find 1

InêsVeloso 5 years ago

Stunning, it looks like it came from a fairytale :)

KarenSaxton 5 years ago

Lovely, Pam. As usual you have a great eye

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 5 years ago

Those butterflies are amazingly beautiful! This is the first time I've seen any of them. Thanks for sharing.

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Chanchamayo, Junín, Peru

Spotted on Aug 11, 2016
Submitted on Sep 12, 2016

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