Peruvian 88 Butterfly

The Peruvian 88 Butterfly (Diaethria clymena peruviana) is a small insect in the Callicore tribe of the Nymphalidae family.

The Peruvian 88 Butterfly is black on its upperside with a diagonal band of metallic blue or green. The underside of its forewings (front wings) is white, black and reddish-orange-brown, and the underside of its hindwings (back wings) is black and white with a pattern that looks like the number 88.

Peruvian 88 Butterfly

Peruvian 88 Butterfly

 

It can hear. It has a Vogel’s organ, which is a tympanal structure (eardrum) at the base of its forewing.

It has a wingspan of 3-4 centimetres (1-1.5 inches).

The Peruvian 88 Butterfly is native to the sub-tropical Amazon rain forest in Peru in South America. It prefers river banks.

It eats rotting fruit. The caterpillar (larva stage) eats plant leaves.

The Peruvian 88 Butterfly is found in twos or threes, or small groups of about 10 individuals. The female lays eggs on the underside of leaves, which hatch into larvae called caterpillars. The caterpillars pupate and forma a chrysalis, which is similar to a cocoon. An adult butterfly emerges from the chrysalis.

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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