Location: Veracruz, Mexico, 4,500 ft a.s.l.
November 8, 2015 10:11 pm
Spotted this beauty yesterday morning.
Any idea what it is?
Signature: Bianca Delfosse
We wish you had sent a higher resolution image. We were relatively certain that this is the Chrysalis of a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, so we began a web search with that information. We found a very similar looking chrysalis identified on FlickR as that of a Common Sergeant, Athyma perius, but alas, it is from China. Thinking your individual might be a New World relative, we searched its taxonomy and learned that it is in the tribe Limenitidini which included Admirals, Sisters and Sailors. We then located a very similar looking chrysalis belonging to the Arizona Sister on Butterflies of America, and then we hit a block with additional similar looking images. Meanwhile we have contacted Keith Wolfe to see if he can provide any information. We would still like a higher resolution image.
Sorry about the small file size. Hope these are better (1.1 Mb). Tomorrow I’ll try to get a shot of the back of the chrysalis.
Wow! That’s great progress. I hope the two 1.1 Mb images I sent got through. I’ll try to get one of its back tomorrow.
Keith Wolfe Confirms ID
Hola Bianca and Daniel,
Good job, Bugman! Indeed a member of the Limenitidini, more specifically Adelpha sp. (A. serpa-group). With a handful of possibilities for Veracruz, here is one example from further south . . .
…and here’s the best shot I could get of the back of the chrysalis. Let me know if you need a different angle.
Hi again Bianca,
Thanks for going through all the trouble to get us a view of the other side. We would love an image of the adult butterfly if you are lucky enough to get a few.
No problem Daniel! I will do my best. I’m curious to see what emerges. 😄