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A Blue Wave (Myscelia cyanirirs) (Best viewed large)

By gconant  
Also known as a Blue Banded Purplewing, a Tropical Blue Wave, a Whitened Blue Wave or a Royal Blue.
Indigenous to Central and northern South America, from Mexico to Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.
They are a relatively small butterfly, with wingspans to 1.4 ".
Found in rain forest habitats, at elevations to 700m.
They prefer rotting fruit to flowers for nourishment, and occasionally take minerals from wet sand. Because of their avoidance of nourishment from flowers, they are not important pollinators.


Tags: Butterflies Wildlife and nature Blue waves Lepidoptery Myscelia cyaniris Blue Banded Purplewings Tropical Blue Waves Whitened Blue Waves Royal Blues

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29 Sep 2020 12:17AM
A beauty Glenn,
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
29 Sep 2020 12:18AM
A very unusual one but lovely.
Alfie_P Plus
13 727 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 12:19AM
Splendid image Glenn 😊

manicam 16 44 1 Canada
29 Sep 2020 2:25AM
Beautiful 😍 butterfly Glenn
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
29 Sep 2020 2:47AM
You find the most unusual and beautiful butterflies! Love your images!
sparrowhawk Plus
11 282 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 7:28AM
wo !! what a colour ,lovely shot
Saastad Plus
1 16 11 Norway
29 Sep 2020 9:21AM
Beautiful work Glenn!

Arne Smile
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 165 16 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 10:57AM
Great looking butterflySmileSmileSmile

29 Sep 2020 11:05AM
Utterly amazing to see this species of butterfly. Great shot. I am told there are over 4000 species of butterfly in the world and most species can be found in Costa Rica. Hopefully that information is correct. David
carol01 8 37
29 Sep 2020 11:18AM
Stunning Glenn

Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 11:25AM
Such a unique specimen Glenn... Beautiful pose and colours...
Isabel GrinGrin
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
29 Sep 2020 12:51PM
Wow.....that one is off the charts.
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 1:06PM
Incredible colour Glenn.
peterkin 17 670 England
29 Sep 2020 1:28PM
That's a beautiful butterfly, Glenn and a stunning photo.

29 Sep 2020 4:16PM
Beautiful image
29 Sep 2020 5:40PM
Beautiful Glenn. gorgeous colours..Lin
Mike_Smith Plus
13 677 1 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2020 8:40PM
Beautiful and unusual Butterfly shot, seen one similar last week at Butterfly World

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