Subject: UNKNOWN PUPAE
Location: Juiz de Fora-MG – BRAZIL
January 8, 2016 12:48 pm
Hi Mr. Bugman, I found this beautiful butterfly´s pupae in a bamboo grove. It’s much prettier in person than in the picture. I tried to create it, but it was with parasites. Can you help me? Thanks from Brazil!
Signature: Marcelo Brito de Avellar

Chrysalis

Red Cracker Chrysalis

Dear Marcelo,
We are sorry to hear this Chrysalis did not produce a butterfly.  We have not had any luck with an identification in our initial web search, so we are contacting Keith Wolfe who we hope will be able to provide us with an identification.

Chrysalis

Red Cracker Chrysalis

Olá Marcelo and Bugman,
Your striking pupa is that of Hamadryas amphinome (Biblidinae, Nymphalidae) — here is the same chrysalis from nearby Belo Horizonte . . .
https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/t31.0-8/11059576_1559548584297177_2724688993340720252_o.jpg
This species’ stacked eggs (https://scontent.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t31.0-8/10710357_10152775841212071_3424914565754101300_o.jpg) and gregarious caterpillars (here separated https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8209/8162660091_da1315cbe0_k.jpg) are equally impressive.
Um abraço,
Keith

Thanks so much Keith,
It appears the common name for
Hamadryas amphinome, according to the Learn About Butterflies site, is the Red Cracker.

Location: Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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