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Marpesia zerynthia

Marpesia zerynthia, also known as the Waiter Daggerwing, is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae that occurs in, and somewhat north and south of, Mesoamerica. First described in 1823, this butterfly inhabits tropical deciduous and evergreen forests. Males can generally be found closer to the ground than females, which prefer the canopies.

Photograph: Paolo Costa Baldi

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