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Siproeta epaphus epaphus

Description:

This is a large butterfly with bright rusty orange upper wingtips and a white stripe that extends from the fore wing through the hind wing. The remainder of the butterfly in coal black. The other two subspecies (S.e. gadoui and S.e. trayja) are almost entirely black.

Habitat:

Its range includes southern North America south through Central America and into South America to Peru. This one was found on an unidentified (as of yet) plant in the Mindo Valley on the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador.

Notes:

This butterfly was not only easy to spot, but very cooperative. A gorgeous example of Ecuadorian butterflies.

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6 Comments

Tukup
Tukup 5 months ago

Very cooperative butterfly. One of the clearest fotos I've ever taken. Thanks Dr Namgyal.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 months ago

Fabulous spotting!

Tukup
Tukup a year ago

"Scalloped." That's the descriptive word I was searching for. I had a brain freeze. Thanks :-)

Brian38
Brian38 a year ago

I love the scalloped margins of the hind-wings! Most butterflies mimic the scalloping.

Tukup
Tukup a year ago

Thanks Brian. I appreciate your comments.

Brian38
Brian38 a year ago

Absolutely beautiful Tukup!

Tukup
Spotted by
Tukup

Pichincha, Ecuador

Spotted on May 20, 2019
Submitted on Nov 29, 2019

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