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Periander Metalmark

Rhetus periander periander

Description:

Riodinidae, Riodininae, Riodinini, Rhetus periander. Copalinga, 960 m, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador

Habitat:

Neotropical rainforest (primary and secondary) or also cloudforest, often close to rivers or creeks. A lonely, but very nervous metalmark with fantastic blue markings. The only chance is to chase them constantly. The males are usually getting minerals on the ground for buildung sperm, that's the best chance. Usually very frustrating is the fact that these metalmarks are hiding on or under leaves in an altitude of 3 or more meters. Even with such brillant colors sometimes almost impossible the notice them.


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22 Comments

Awesome séries Dominik,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks forsharing

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a year ago

Beautiful series. Congratulations on SOTW bayucca!

shebebusynow
shebebusynow a year ago

One of the few things I remember from a freshman topology course taught by a butterfly enthusiast: The iridescence of the blue on their wings is the Schiller effect. I notice, googling it, that Schiller effect is primarily spoken of in terms of gems/minerals, but some butterflies feature it as well. I love it.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Great find, bayucca! Congrats.

KittyLOL910
KittyLOL910 a year ago

Wow! Super beautiful! What a pretty butterfly! Must be a male.
Male:Small Wings
Female: big wings

Brian38
Brian38 a year ago

Congrats bayucca on a well deserved SOTW! Your overall collection of butterflies is incredible and inspiring!

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero a year ago

WOW! and congrats.

robert emond
robert emond a year ago

Congratulations! Beautiful!

bayucca
bayucca a year ago

Many thanks, all my friends!! Finally, after getting this catch a nice surprise!

IrinaSh
IrinaSh a year ago

Amazing ! Beautiful!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Congratulations!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Congratulations Dominik ! thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Congrats.

Congratulations, my friend.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations bayucca, your Periander Metalmark has been voted Spotting of the Week:

"Look at the fantastic blue hues and black wing margins on this male Periander Metalmark, our Spotting of the Week! This butterfly belongs to the family Riodinidae, a family with a mostly neotropical distribution. An inhabitant of primary or disturbed rainforest as well as cloudforest habitats, its distribution ranges from Mexico to Brazil and Argentina. A shot like this is hard work: in the morning the males like to perch high hidden on the underside of leaves, and when later they come to the ground to seek moisture and minerals they rapidly fly off if disturbed. Patience and determination is the key for the photographer".

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AshleyT
AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Stunning!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Extraordinary lep and spotting.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

How appropriate that this species is also known as the Blue Doctor :-)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

This world's full of surprises! It's a beautiful butterfly bayucca. And to get a sense of scale there's an ant by its fore limb in photo No.2! Spotting of the month, from my side!

Muckpuk
Muckpuk a year ago

For real???? Gorgeous!

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

Photo No. 1: is a beautiful butterfly, with beautiful colors....

bayucca
Spotted by
bayucca

Timbara, Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador

Lat: -4.06, Long: -78.91

Spotted on Dec 20, 2017
Submitted on Jan 28, 2018

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