Godart's Numberwing, Yunguillo, Colombia
Passing a lesson learned: when finding yourself in a place with lots of "eighty eight" (numberwing) species, don't assume all individuals are of the same species. It's easy to think they are, as they are tiny, and may look quite similar to each other in general color. In just this little session of a few minutes, what I believed to be the same species, turn out to be 3 different species altogether.
Luckily, they are quite easy to identify and tell apart after the fact. Two simple keys will usually settle it:
- The two large black marks are either apart as seen here, or connected as a single mark
- Count the blue highlights within the black mark(s)
Callicore pygas, the Godart's numberwing or pygas eighty-eight, is a species of butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and the upper Amazonian region of Brazil.
The wingspan is about 45 mm. The subspecies differ from each other with regard to the underside markings. In subspecies pygas, the white band and the metallic blue scaling on the hindwing are both replaced by pale sandy yellow. Subspecies eucale is similar to cyllene,.. more