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Rhetus periander periander
Riodinidae, Riodininae, Riodinini, Rhetus periander. Copalinga, 960 m, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador
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.
Spotted on Dec 20, 2017
Submitted on Jan 28, 2018
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