Subject: butterfly
Location: El Naranjal, Colima, Mexico
October 19, 2015 6:53 pm
Hi Bug Man. Can you help me identify this beauty? Have I discovered a rare and endangered creature? It has a sliver underside.
Signature: Diane

Mexican Silverspot

Mexican Silverspot

Dear Diane,
While you haven’t discovered a rare and endangered creature, you did discover your almost namesake as the Mexican Silverspot has the scientific name Dione moneta poeyii.  We first found a matching image by scrolling to the very bottom of The Dauphins site, and we verified that identification on the Butterflies of America site.  The Butterflies and Moths of North America states:  ” Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery” and the range is indicated as “Brazil north through Central America and Mexico. Strays to southern New Mexico and Texas.”

Location: El Naranjal, Colima, Mexico

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