bonitin's Brazilian Bugs forum: Butterflies (2013-2014)

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Aug 30, 2014 4:32 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
I got less butterflies than I hoped for, I often saw them flying by sometimes in large groups over the river but they wouldn't sit for me.
I got some luck though the last days of my stay when my friend took me to a part of the river I hadn't seen yet, a truly magical majestic place, very impressive, you had the sensation of being in primordial nature making you silent inside!
There were butterflies grouping for a sip of the slow running little brooks and trickles coming down from the mountains mounding into the river, also on little puddles in cavities of the gigantic sun-baked boulders.

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1.
Ruddy Daggerwing - Marpesia petreus
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Imagebonitin
Aug 30, 2014 4:46 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
2.
Heraclides sp.
This big beauty constantly flutters its wings when it sits or drinks, making it hard for the camera! There were many of them.

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Imagebonitin
Aug 30, 2014 4:54 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
3.
Orange-barred Sulphur - Phoebis philea
The ones I most see flying over the river in large groups in different tones of soft orange, soft yellow and some are creamy white, a feast for the eyes and the spirit!
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Imagebonitin
Aug 31, 2014 3:26 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
4.
Diaethria clymena janeira

Still on the same day (29th January) in the same spot!
A modern art one! Hilarious!
It rarely opens its wings when sitting and only for a fraction of a second, but then it looks like a total different species.
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Imagebonitin
Aug 31, 2014 3:30 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
5.
Glutophrissa Drusilla (Thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)
Its wings look damaged.
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Imagebonitin
Aug 31, 2014 11:29 PM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
6.
Bella Mapwing - Hypanartia bella (Thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)
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Imagebonitin
Aug 31, 2014 11:31 PM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
7.
Manuel's Skipper - Polygonus savigny (thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)
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Imagebonitin
Aug 31, 2014 11:47 PM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
8.
White Peacock - Anartia jatrophe (Thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)

It was getting dark so we were preparing to leave the magic place and head back home..
This white butterfly was hidden deep in the foliage, I felt it had chosen that dark place for its night rest and was sleeping (if butterflies sleep? Rolling my eyes. )
I didn't want to disturb it with the flash and the photo came out badly underexposed..
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From another time in another place
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Imagebonitin
Sep 2, 2014 8:17 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
9.
On a wild beach by a little brook full of pitch back probably mineral-rich mud as it was close to where a river (that sometimes must overflow), mounding into the sea.

Juno - Dione juno (Thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)
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Imagebonitin
Sep 2, 2014 8:24 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
10.
In the forest..
Confused Tigerwing - Mechanitis lysimnia laying eggs.
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Imagebonitin
Sep 2, 2014 8:29 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
11 a.
Hairstreak - Calycopis "atnius complex"
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11 b
Strymon sp. possibly (Thanks to Jrsbugs for the ID!)
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Imagebonitin
Sep 2, 2014 8:34 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
12.
Quadrus cerialis
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Imagebonitin
Sep 3, 2014 3:38 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
13.
possibly Cattleheart White - Archonias brassolis approximata (Thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)
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Imagebonitin
Sep 3, 2014 3:42 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
14.
Transandean Cattleheart - Parides iphidamas) (Thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)
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Imagebonitin
Sep 3, 2014 3:53 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
15.
The Soldier - Danaus eresimus (Thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)
At a bus stop along the road. she was about to lay eggs, but I didn't get a good image of that, being too far off and she flew when I approached.
The plant she's on Asclepias curassavica is the food plant of the larvae
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Imagebonitin
Sep 3, 2014 4:15 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
16.
Saliana antonius
http://www.biodiversidadeteresopolis.com.br/saliana-antoninu...
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Imagebonitin
Sep 3, 2014 11:29 PM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
17.
This butterfly came inside the house for its night rest.
Pieridae sp.
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Imagebonitin
Sep 18, 2014 12:36 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
18.
Also at night sleeping inside.
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Imagebonitin
Sep 18, 2014 12:57 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
19.
Caligo brasiliensis brasiliensis (thanks to JRsbugs for the ID!)

I had seen the giant blue Morpho butterflies nearly every day foraging along the river, but never found one sitting for me until on one of the very last days of our stay.
It was getting dark and we were about to leave the riverside heading back home, when all of a sudden one of those giants landed on a stone at the side a few meters from me, I couldn't believe my eyes and took some hasty shots fearing it would take off again any second, but it stayed and slowly I approached getting some closer shots. it didn't open its wings as they normally don't when they sit, the butterfly then flew to a close-by tree.
We really had to leave then, the dark sets in quickly in the tropics. On our way back the butterfly followed us and to my amazement landed on Geraldine's hat. She didn't notice and couldn't see it of course, so I told her, please stand still I need to get a shot. We both had to laugh of course, what a sight! Hilarious!

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Imagebonitin
Nov 29, 2014 8:31 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
20.
Blue Cracker, Variable Cracker - Hamadryas feronia (Thanks toJRsbugs for the ID!)
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