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Beautiful butterfly/moth..
Hi,
I saw this when I was in South America, on the border of Brazil and Argentina (Iguazu Falls). What is it?? The "88" design is interesting.. is that used to scare away predators? Thanks,
Matt from Boston

Hi Matt,
The common name for butterflies in the genus Diaethria is quite descriptively, 88 Butterflies, or in some cases 89 Butterflies. If memory serves us correctly, there are members in the genus that have markings more like 80 and 90 and they have common names that apply. Butterflies in the genus Diaethria range from Mexico to Paraguay according to Wikipedia.

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