Nature: Butterflies and Moths

The “89” 89蝶 / 88蝶和數字蝶- Diaethria Clymena 红涡蛱蝶 (Family Nymphalidae, Brush-footed Butterflies)

The shining metallic bands of silvery green or blue on the upper side of the wings of the “89” shimmer in the sunlight like mirrors, catching and dazzling the eye so that when the butterfly closes its wings and drops into the shadows it seems to suddenly disappear. It is not a strong flier and is fairly easily caught, particularly when it joins its companions at some wet place on the road or some piece of dung or manure dropped by an animal. Surely nothing so lights up a forest trail through the jungle as to see these scintillating little beauties flashing here an there under your feet. They almost invariably fly close to the ground and seek safety in the undergrowth instead of in swift or high flight.

the “89” is found only rarely in southern Florida, but in Central and South America it and its relatives appear in countless millions and are a part of every collection sent from the tropics. They delight the eye in butterfly jewelry and are often placed in butterfly trays to set off the more spectacular beauty of the great blue morphos.

Very little is known about its early life. Perhaps you could be the one to explore this!

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