Mexican Purplewing (Myscelia cyaniris)


 
Living image of Mexican Purplewing Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: North, Central and South America. Mexico to Peru.
 
Wingspan: 30-32 mm (1.2-1.3 in).
 
Larval host plants: Dalechampia triphylla (Euphorbiaceae).
 
Habitats: Mountain slopes in association with rain forest habitats; up to 700 meters.
 
Identification: Butterflies in this genus (Myscelia) are recognized by blue banding on the upperside, a hooked forewing apex, and a variable cryptic underside. The Mexican Purplewing is separated from other species in this genus by its iridescent blue upperside (less so in females).
 
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Mexican Purplewing
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