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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Image contributed by U.K
photographer Steve Oddy.
Memphis eurpyle can be found in their natural habitat in Central and South America, from Mexico to Argentina.
As is the case with other leafwings, when the Pointed Leafwing’s wings are closed, it is well camouflaged to resemble like a dead leaf.
To further add to their safety from predation, their wings change color with the seasons.
They become redder in the winter and more brown in the summer.
Their estimated lifespan is approximately two weeks.
They are members of the Nymphalidae (Brush Footed) family.
With around 6,000 species, this is the largest family of butterflies.
(Brush Footed butterflies use their pair of front legs for food tasting, and their two pairs of rear legs for propulsion.)
Diet: plants include Croton reflexifolius and C. jalapensis.
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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