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Dryas iulia


wingspan 3.5 in, sole representative of its genus Dryas


tropical rainforest


I spotted this on the way to Hornoyaco Falls. I was waiting on a caterpillar to start feeding again and in the meantime spotted this and a lot of other stuff. I didn't expect to see that much but I ended up spending more than an hour in the same spot on the trail. I had my backpack off because I knew I was going to be a while and this came out of nowhere and landed on it. Flying insects love my sweaty backpack and if I know I'm going to be somewhere for a while, I will set it up a bit out of the way and then come back to see what's landed on it. Got a lot of great spottings this way!

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dandoucette 8 years ago

Thank you Tiz, drP and Philip. Definitely try the backpack idea. Philip I didn't get back to Colombia per se. I was there only once for 75 days, still uploading spottings from there. I did take a bit of a break though to add spottings from Dominica, which is where I went after Colombia.

Tiz 8 years ago

Wonderful eyes on that butterfly!

drP 8 years ago

A great story to go with another beautiful spotting. Even when walking through an area I've visited a hundred times, I'll stop to look at one thing and suddenly see all sorts of things I would have otherwise missed. And I love the idea of using your backpack as an attractant. Thank you for sharing this.

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 8 years ago

How beautiful! I see you got back to Colombia! Amazing :D

dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks injica, celestialprincess and Pradeep!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 8 years ago

So beautiful!!

Julia's are so pretty :)

injica 8 years ago

So elegant! beautiful spotting!:)

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Putumayo, Colombia

Spotted on Jan 6, 2013
Submitted on Jun 14, 2013


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