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Periander Metalmark

Rhetus periander

Description:

I found this Periander Metalmark (Rhetus periander) nearby a pond in the Andes. With a bit of perseverance, I was able to catch him. I say him because I’m pretty sure it was a male. Then, I released the butterfly, but something incredible happened: it followed me back home! I presume that it had to do with a secretion that the butterfly left in my finger. Later on, I did some research and found that the substance was a pheromone. For 10 minutes or so my hand became the butterfly’s home. Then, my ‘buddy’ left my ‘body’ and flew back to the pond.

Habitat:

Mérida, Venezuela

Notes:

White stripes were almost invisible in this specimen. Additionally, the bottom pattern was all connected. Therefore, it was slightly different from the Rhetus periander. A variation perhaps?

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14 Comments

YucefMerhi
YucefMerhi 9 years ago

Thanks!!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

I agree, amazing!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Preciosa!

YucefMerhi
YucefMerhi 9 years ago

¡Gracias!

NoriethAlejandra
NoriethAlejandra 9 years ago

Hermosa!

YucefMerhi
YucefMerhi 10 years ago

Longmustache, I appreciate you comment

YucefMerhi
YucefMerhi 10 years ago

Thank you, Arzu!

windmustache
windmustache 10 years ago

Nice series!

ArzuFerah
ArzuFerah 10 years ago

Beautiful!

YucefMerhi
YucefMerhi 10 years ago

Thank you all for your comments !!!

misako
misako 10 years ago

beautiful!

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Stunning!

ThePinappleMan
ThePinappleMan 10 years ago

excellent!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

Fantastic!

YucefMerhi
Spotted by
YucefMerhi

Mérida, Estado Mérida, Venezuela

Spotted on Feb 12, 2010
Submitted on Dec 3, 2011

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