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White-spotted Satyr

Manataria hercyna maculata


This butterfly is a deep shade species and flies at dusk, as well as around lights at night like a moth. It is large and cryptically colored on the hind wings for landing on tree trunks in dark places. It blends really well with bark-moss-lichen mixtures. This butterfly tends to cluster in large numbers during the day in deep shade (see this spotting for top views and clustering behavior: Family Satyridae.


Forest, about 5 km up Mt. Huitepec, west of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

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Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.74, Long: -92.64

Spotted on Aug 20, 2015
Submitted on Mar 9, 2016

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