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
Synonyms
  • 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.

Description[edit]

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.

Distribution[edit]

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

Habitat[edit]

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

Subspecies[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • Funet
  • 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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