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Castalia Green Mantle - closeup, La Isla Escondida, Colombia A jewel of the unique lower Andes to Amazonian region. I first saw photos of these beauties online about 2 years ago, and on this epic hike we unexpectedly saw a wish fulfilled. Somebody else has described their beauty better than I can:<br />
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&quot;The genus Caria contains some of the most beautiful and elusive species on Earth. Although fairly common they are rarely seen due to their secretive habits, and are virtually impossible to follow in flight. Once seen these glittering jewels of the Amazon are never forgotten.<br />
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Lepidopterists often feel quite overwhelmed by the beauty of these butterflies, but initial feelings of ecstasy are soon replaced by the rapid onset of frustration, anguish, despair and an uncontrollable urge to spend the next 2 hours hawking relentlessly in the vicinity of the sighting, peering into bushes, crawling about on the ground and searching every nook and cranny, while muttering and pleading with the butterfly to reveal itself !&quot;<br />
- <a href="https://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Amazon" rel="nofollow">https://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Amazon</a> - Caria rhacotis.htm<br />
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What I had not anticipated from the photos seen online earlier is how tiny they are in real life. <br />
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<br />
&quot;The genus Caria contains some of the most beautiful and elusive species on Earth. Although fairly common they are rarely seen due to their secretive habits, and are virtually impossible to follow in flight. Once seen these glittering jewels of the Amazon are never forgotten.<br />
<br />
Lepidopterists often feel quite overwhelmed by the beauty of these butterflies, but initial feelings of ecstasy are soon replaced by the rapid onset of frustration, anguish, despair and an uncontrollable urge to spend the next 2 hours hawking relentlessly in the vicinity of the sighting, peering into bushes, crawling about on the ground and searching every nook and cranny, while muttering and pleading with the butterfly to reveal itself !&quot;<br />
- https://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Amazon - Caria rhacotis.htm<br />
<br />
What I had not anticipated from the photos seen online earlier is how tiny they are in real life. <br />
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Castalia Green Mantle - closeup, La Isla Escondida, Colombia

A jewel of the unique lower Andes to Amazonian region. I first saw photos of these beauties online about 2 years ago, and on this epic hike we unexpectedly saw a wish fulfilled. Somebody else has described their beauty better than I can:

"The genus Caria contains some of the most beautiful and elusive species on Earth. Although fairly common they are rarely seen due to their secretive habits, and are virtually impossible to follow in flight. Once seen these glittering jewels of the Amazon are never forgotten.

Lepidopterists often feel quite overwhelmed by the beauty of these butterflies, but initial feelings of ecstasy are soon replaced by the rapid onset of frustration, anguish, despair and an uncontrollable urge to spend the next 2 hours hawking relentlessly in the vicinity of the sighting, peering into bushes, crawling about on the ground and searching every nook and cranny, while muttering and pleading with the butterfly to reveal itself !"
- https://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Amazon - Caria rhacotis.htm

What I had not anticipated from the photos seen online earlier is how tiny they are in real life.

Castalia Green Mantle, La Isla Escondida, Colombia A jewel of the unique lower Andes to Amazonian region. I first saw photos of these beauties online about 2 years ago, and on this epic hike we unexpectedly saw a wish fulfilled. Somebody else has described their beauty better than I can:<br />
<br />
"The genus Caria contains some of the most beautiful and elusive species on Earth. Although fairly common they are rarely seen due to their secretive habits, and are virtually impossible to follow in flight. Once seen these glittering jewels of the Amazon are never forgotten.<br />
<br />
Lepidopterists often feel quite overwhelmed by the beauty of these butterflies, but initial feelings of ecstasy are soon replaced by the rapid onset of frustration, anguish, despair and an uncontrollable urge to spend the next 2 hours hawking relentlessly in the vicinity of the sighting, peering into bushes, crawling about on the ground and searching every nook and cranny, while muttering and pleading with the butterfly to reveal itself !"<br />
- https://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Amazon - Caria rhacotis.htm<br />
<br />
What I had not anticipated from the photos seen online earlier is how tiny they are in real life. <br />
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    comments (11)

  1. WOW!!!!!!
    What metallic colors it possesses....
    Posted 6 months ago
  2. Soooo fantastic! A definite jewel <3 Posted 6 months ago
  3. It is indeed such a beauty! Congratulations for finding it! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 6 months ago
  4. Wow! The colours are amazingly beautiful...great capture! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks so much! Posted 6 months ago
  5. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "There are about 1,000 species of metalmark butterflies worldwide, and 90% of them live in the Americas. The Castalia Green Mantle (Caria castalia) is one of those species! This gorgeous, mysterious, flying jewel lives in primary rainforests at altitudes between about 200-800 meters. They are a common species, yet rarely seen because of their elusive behavior and rapid, erratic flight pattern. But, if you are lucky enough to see one of these beauties, the encounter would surely be unforgettable! {Spotted in Colombia by JungleDragon founder, Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Wow, nice post, thank you Christine :) Posted 6 months ago
      1. Thanks, and you're welcome Ferdy. It's such a beautiful species that I couldn't wait to post it! I wish I could have found more info on it though. Posted 6 months ago
  6. This is one of the most beautiful butterflies I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing her with us! :-) Posted 6 months ago
    1. My pleasure! Posted 6 months ago

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Caria castalia is a metalmark butterfly in the Caria genus.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by fchristant
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By fchristant

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Uploaded Nov 25, 2018. Captured Oct 17, 2018 09:50 in Orito, Putumayo, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm