Riodinid Butterfly Caria mantinea amazonica
The butterfly members of this Order of insects include the popular and usually colorful species. Butterfly groups include monarchs, satyrs, dagerwings, leaf-wings, owls, buckeyes, admirals, checkerspots, crecents, fritillaries, heliconids, riodinids, blues, hairstreaks, coppers, whites, orange-tips, sulphurs and swallowtails.
This beautiful Riodinid jewel boldly presented its emerald metallic scales as it sampled minerals provided by a puddle on the trail on Southern Brazil. Although small, this Riodinid has strong flight. This species exhibits a midday sunning characteristic, while others Riodinids are much more elusive, rarely venture out of their forest retreat. Some Riodinids are attracted to fish and carrion. Metallic coloration is achieved through the diffraction of sunlight by a series of minutely spaces ridges on each scale of the butterfly wing.