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metallic chrysalis
Location: Libertad, Peru, north coast
April 10, 2012 11:35 pm
I found this chrysalis in northern Peru April 7th 2012 on the west slope of the Andes. I thought at first it was a candy wrapper caught in the tree as it was completely gold but as you can see when I used the flash it came out completely different.
Signature: steve

Unknown Chrysalis

Dear Steve,
This is surely a lovely Chrysalis.  We will contact Keith Wolfe who frequently assists us with butterfly caterpillars and chrysalids to see if he can provide an identification.

Keith Wolfe Responds
Hello Steve and Daniel,
Sorry for the tardy reply.  This is a Clearwing (Nymphalidae, Danainae, Ithomiini) pupa in the subtribe Tithoreina (thus I strongly suspect Elzunia — http://tolweb.org/Elzunia/27577).  It would be insightful to know its approximate size.
Best wishes,
Keith

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Peru

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