Family Riodinidae

Metalmark Butterflies page 1


The common name "metalmarks" refers to the beautiful metallic markings of many species in the family.

The family is most speciose in the Neotropics, but representatives are found in the Nearctic and in the Old World as well. Until relatively recently the metalmarks were treated as a subfamily within the family Lycaenidae.

Males have reduced front legs that aren't used in walking, while the females make full use of their six legs.

In cool climates metalmarks overwinter as caterpillars or pupae.


Click on a thumbnail to see text and a larger photo

950a-amarynthis-meneria.jpg
Amarynthis meneria
950a-calephelis-fulmen.jpg
Calephelis fulmen
950a-calephelis-sp.jpg
Calephelis sp.
950a-calephelis-sp-colombia.jpg
Calephelis sp.
950a-detritivora-barnesi.jpg
Detritivora barnesi
950a-detritivora-cf-hermodora.jpg
Detritivora cf. hermodora
950a-detritivora-or-charis-1.jpg
Detritivora sp. or Charis sp.
950a-detritivora-or-charis-2.jpg
Detritivora sp. or Charis sp.
950a-helicopis-cupido.jpg
Helicopis cupido
950a-lasaia-agesilas.jpg
Lasaia agesilas
950a-melanis-cf-electron.jpg
Melanis cf.electron
950a-melanis-smithiae.jpg
Melanis smithiae
950a-riodina-lysippus.jpg
Riodina lysippus
950c-eurybia-lycisca.jpg
Eurybia lycisca
950f-stalachtis-nr-calliope.jpg
Stalachtis calliope
950m-mesosemia-lamachus.jpg
Mesosemia lamachus

Riodinidae Pages:

1  2