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Ithomeis Metalmark

Ithomeis aurantiaca

Description:

About 4.5cm wingspan. Dark colouration with orange and blue markings.

Habitat:

Tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon region.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 4 years ago
Ithomeis Metalmark
Ithomeis aurantia Ithomeis aurantiaca corena (type specimens)


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7 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks for SOTD!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Felix, this beauty marks the first time for this species on Project Noah, and is our Spotting of the Day! Thank you bayucca for the ID.

"This beautiful Ithomeis Metalmark (Ithomeis aurantica) is our Spotting of the Day! Ithomeis aurantica (butterfly family Riodinidae) is found in Guyana, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. It was named by explorer and naturalist Henry Walter Bates, who provided the first scientific account of mimicry in animals.
Find out more about Ithomeis and Batesian mimicry here: https://buff.ly/2zPaCti "

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks, Daniele and bayucca! Awesome you were able to dig this ID up.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Wonderful!

bayucca
bayucca 4 years ago

Riodinidae, Riodininae, Riodinini, Ithomeis aurantia. Superb!! Close to the ssp. Corena from Colombia. The other ones look quite different.
http://www.scielo.org.co/img/revistas/bc...
http://www.scielo.org.co/pdf/bccm/v14n2/...

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks, flowntheloop!

flowntheloop
flowntheloop 4 years ago

Wonderful!

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Tálag, Napo, Ecuador

Spotted on Jun 22, 2015
Submitted on Nov 12, 2017

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