Posted by: ktzefr | April 12, 2014

Favorite Foto Friday: Yucatan Butterfly

In January this year I was in the Yucatan and spotted this gorgeous butterfly on the grounds of the hacienda where we were staying near the ruins at Chichén Itzá .  It was a perfect specimen.  I think I’ve identified it correctly as a Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus), but please let me know if you’re a butterfly expert and have other suggestions.

These beautiful creatures begin life as pretty orange and black caterpillars with black spikes and black antennae and they love the strangler fig and wild banyan trees in the tropics.  The adult butterflies prefer flower nectar and, of course, they have a world of blossoms to choose from in Yucatan.  I’m not sure what this one was doing amongst the stones, but the color contrast certainly made it more noticeable. 

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico; Photo:KFawcett

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico; Photo:KFawcett

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