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Image contributed by U.K
photographer Michael Godfrey
Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Also known as a Godart's Numberwing butterfly.
   Callicore pygas butterflies are typically found in Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and the upper Amazonian region of Brazil, although the are spotted throughout South America.
   Males and females are quite similar in appearance with black ground color on the dorsal sides of both wings, forewings with a red basal patch and small white spots, while the hindwing have small blue marginal spots.
   The ventral side of the forewings are similar to the dorsal sides, but with additional yellow and blue apical and marginal markings.
   The hind wing ventral sides have two groups of two or three blue dots, surrounded by alternating yellow and black lines in concentric circles. 
   The forewings are long and triangular with pointed peaks.
   Hindwings are large and rounded with slightly undulated outer margin. 
   They rest with wings folded, forewings almost completely blocked by the large hindwing.                   They occasionally rub their wings together.
   They can also be quite approachable.
   These are not any instances of sexual dimorphism in Callicore Pygas.
  They are fast and erratic flyers, but do not typically fly for long distances at one time.
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Avg. wingspan: approx. 45 mm. / 4.5 cm. / 1.77"
Family: Nymphalidae
Pygas Eighty - eight caterpillar
Pygas Eighty - eight caterpillar
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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