Subject: Butterfly in South Brazil
Geographic location of the bug: Florianópolis SC Brazil
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 identification please.
How you want your letter signed: Carolina
We actually believe this is a diurnal Moth and not a butterfly, but we have not been able to locate any similar looking Brazilian specimens. We need to do more research, and perhaps Cesar Crash or one of our other readers will recognize this beauty and write in with an identification.
Oh! Thanks for posting! Will standby for this moth ID.
Update: Metalmark Butterfly
Two different readers wrote in identifying this as a Metalmark Butterfly in the family Riodinidae. The closest match was found by Cesar Crash on Butterflies of America.
Oh thank you so much Daniel.