Metalmark from Brazil

Subject:  Butterfly in South Brazil Geographic location of the bug:  Florianópolis SC Brazil Date: 04/17/2019 Time: 10:13 AM EDT Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Mr. Bugman, it is fall and there are beautiful asteraceae flowering. I found this beautiful butterfly feeding on one Eupatorium inulifolium (I think) and would like your help with its … Read more

Butterfly from Ecuador is Metalmark

Subject: Ecuadorian beauty Location: 3 hrs NW of Quito, Ecuador February 2, 2017 12:21 pm Hi Guys, I read your site daily though I haven’t contributed for some time. This very small butterfly was photographed in Ecuador last month. I would love to know what it is. Thank you, Signature: Dwaine Dear Dwaine, We tried … Read more

Metalmark from Costa Rica

Subject: Costa Rican Black with blue butterfly Location: north east Costa Rica October 7, 2015 10:58 am I can’t identify this beautiful butterfly (moth?) I saw near the Braulio Carrillo National Park in Costa Rica. Help? Signature: Maroland Dear Maroland, We believe we have correctly identified your lovely butterfly as a Lyra Metalmark, Lyropteryx lyra … Read more

Mantus Metalmark from Guyana

Subject: Guyana butterfly Location: Guyana rainforest February 12, 2014 5:46 pm I saw the butterfly in the attached picture in Guyana in January. Any idea what it is? Thank you. Signature: KRB We don’t believe this is a butterfly, but we do believe it is a member of the same order, Lepidoptera.  We believe this … Read more

Sarota Jewelmark from Ecuador

Unusual Metalmark Butterfly from Ecuador Location:  Ecuador January 24, 2013 Hi Daniel. This second offering is of one of the appropriately named Sarota Jewelmarks, a group of 18 or so flashy little metalmarks (Riodinidae: Riodininae: Helicopini) from Central and South America. In addition to diminutive size, they all share characteristically dark brown or grey upper … Read more

Swordtail Butterfly from Peru

Subject: Swordtail From Peru Location: Aguas Calientes, Peru November 26, 2012 3:53 pm Hey there Bugman I was soaking in the hot springs at Aguas Calientes, Peru, just outside of Machupicchu yesterday when we saw this gorgeous Swordtail drinking water left by wet footprints. He was very friendly! What kind of bug is a transparent … Read more