The Great Blue Hookwing Butterfly, whose wings are evocative of moonlight reflecting off a still body of water at night. This species inhabits rainforest at the foothills of the eastern Andes, at altitudes between about 400-800 meters above sea level. While the topsides of its wings are a velvety amalgam of black and pale blue, the undersides are a variable mottled brown that makes them immediately reminiscent of dead leaves, a perfect camouflage for this insect. Adults spend most of their time higher up in the forest canopies and are not often spotted from the ground.
This specimen is mounted in a small glass dome.
Scientific name: Napeocles jucunda
Dimensions: H 12cm x W 9cm.
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