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photographer Michael Godfrey
Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Adelpha is a genus of Nymphalidae (Brush-Footed) butterflies found from the southern U. S. and Mexico all the way to South America.
They are commonly referres to as sisters, due to the white markings on their wings, which resemble a nun's habit.
This genus is sometimes included with the admiral butterflies (Limenitis).
They have a fondness for flitting gracefully around the lower branches of trees in the intermittent sunlight of the forest.
There are 85 known species of Adelpha, all except this one of which are confined to Central and South America.
In terms of appearance they are similar to the White Admirals (Limenitis) of Eurasia.
They are large brown/black butterflies with white bands and an orange patch on each forewing.
Avg. wing span: 2 7/8 - 3 3/8"
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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