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Clearwing butterfly, Santa María, Colombia I recently learned that identifying clearwing butterflies from Colombia is quite difficult, as there is an enormous variation in similar looking species. I just found a detailed paper that actually explores the enormous diversification of this group specifically in the Andes:<br />
<a href="http://isyeb.mnhn.fr/IMG/pdf/elias09molecol.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://isyeb.mnhn.fr/IMG/pdf/elias09molecol.pdf</a><br />
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Here&#039;s an enormous list showing lots of clearwings:<br />
<a href="http://butterfliesofamerica.com/L/t/Ithomiini_a.htm" rel="nofollow">http://butterfliesofamerica.com/L/t/Ithomiini_a.htm</a><br />
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Candidates for now:<br />
- Episcada polita<br />
- Episcada mira<br />
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Both have the yellow highlight in the wings. Boyacá,Colombia,Santa María,South America,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Clearwing butterfly, Santa María, Colombia

I recently learned that identifying clearwing butterflies from Colombia is quite difficult, as there is an enormous variation in similar looking species. I just found a detailed paper that actually explores the enormous diversification of this group specifically in the Andes:
http://isyeb.mnhn.fr/IMG/pdf/elias09molecol.pdf

Here's an enormous list showing lots of clearwings:
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/L/t/Ithomiini_a.htm

Candidates for now:
- Episcada polita
- Episcada mira

Both have the yellow highlight in the wings.

    comments (6)

  1. Really beautiful recording and good information. Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks, Mike! Posted 6 months ago
  2. I imagine how beautiful it can be to spot it in the wild, great photo! Cheers Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks, lots of them in Colombia! Posted 6 months ago
  3. I agree with Episcada sp. According to the Neotropical butterflies file there is also Episcada salvinia apia in the region. Honestly, I am not confident telling them apart. I noticed maybe one difference between E. polita and E. mira and E. salvinia is somewhere in the middle but I am not sure if this is relevant at all. There is also another problem, the wing of your specimen is folded and I cannot see all the characters there. Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks for double checking. I think indeed this one is too uncertain too call, so let's leave it at genus level. Posted 6 months ago

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Uploaded Apr 19, 2017. Captured Oct 19, 2016 08:34.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/3.5
  • 1/320s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm