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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.