Dirce Beauty Photo courtesy of Wikipedia 

 

Common Name: Dirce Beauty
Scientific Name: Colobura Dirce
Wingspan: 33 mm
Location: Central America and northern South America

The butterflies habitually sit on the tree trunks in a head downwards posture, at a height of about 2 metres, to drink sap and moisture from crevices in the bark. If approached they sometimes try to evade the intruder by running around to the opposite side of the tree, and if followed will run back to their original position - quite literally forcing the observer to run around in circles after them. They are extremely reluctant to take flight when feeding, and if they are forced to do so they quickly return to resume feeding.

 

Dirce Beauty

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