Lyropteryx apollonia

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Lyropteryx apollonia
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Dorsal view of Lyropteryx apollonia at National Museum (Prague)
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Riodinidae
Genus: Lyropteryx
Species: L. apollonia
Binomial name
Lyropteryx apollonia
Westwood, 1851
  • Lyropteryx apollonia musageta Bryk, 1953

Lyropteryx apollonia, common name Apollo metalmark, pink-dotted metalmark or blue-rayed metalmark, is a butterfly of the family Riodinidae, Riodininae subfamily, tribe Riodinini.


The wingspan of Lyropteryx apollonia is about 35–43 millimetres (1.4–1.7 in). Upper surface of the wings is black, with numerous longitudinal streaks of metallic blue-green colours on the outer half. The undersides are black, with the basal half spotted with purple-pink and the outer half with black and white stripes. Forewings are large, subtriangular, while the hind wings are relatively small.


This rare species is widespread in the tropical areas of the South America, particularly in Ecuador, Brazil (Amazonas, Mato Grosso), Bolivia, Peru and Colombia.


Lyropteryx apollonia can be found in tropical rainforests, at an elevation of about 200–600 metres (660–1,970 ft)


  • Lyropteryx apollonia apollonia - Stichel, 1910 (Brazil: Amazonas, Bolivia, Peru)
  • Lyropteryx apollonia diana - Stichel, 1910 (Colombia)
  • Lyropteryx apollonia sparsa - Stichel, 1924 (Brazil: Mato Grosso)


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  • Westwood, 1851 - The genera of diurnal Lepidoptera, comprising their generic characters, a notice of their habitats and transformations, and a catalogue of the species of each genus; illustrated with 86 plates by W. C. Hewitson Gen. diurn. Lep.

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