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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!

Also known as a Spotted Amberwing, Melantho Tigerwing or Clapping Ticlear butterfly
   Thyridia is a monotypic genus of clearwing (ithomiine) butterflies, named by Jacob Hübner in 1816. 
   Its only species is Thyridia psidii, the Spotted Amberwing, (Melantho Tigerwing or Clapping Ticlear). 
   It is a brush-footed (Nymphalidae family) butterfly found in the Neotropical zone.

   Amberwings are found at elevations between 0 - 1600 m., and prefer to fly at 3 m. or more above the ground.
Avg. Body Length: 20 - 25 mm / .78 - .98 "
Spotted Amberwing (Thyridia Psidii)  Caterpillar
Avg. Wingspan:  3.7 - 4.1 "
Diet: caterpillars feed on several species of flower in the Solanacae family.
Diet: adults feed on the nectar of flowers.

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera

* Being Brush-footed butterflies, Amberwings have a short pair of fore legs that are used to taste food, and two pairs of longer rear legs that are used for propulsion.
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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