Regal Hairstreak from Mexico

Location: Mexico, Puerto Vallarta (west coast)
February 1, 2012 5:55 pm
I saw this amazing little colourful thing the other day, watering flowers..(it is dry season here now) and got some good pictures of it. but i would really like to know what this is.. never seen anything like it!
Signature: Nathali

Regal Hairstreak

Dear Nathali,
What a positively gorgeous butterfly this is, and we have identified it as a Regal Hairstreak,
Evenus regalis, thanks to an online photo by Nelson Dobbs that alas does not do the colors justice.  The Butterflies of America website has some lovely photos of Regal Hairstreaks that were photographed in Guatemala and Mexico.  

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