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Photos taken in Belize, by David Hudson in April, 2003

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Euptychia westwoodi Euptychia westwoodi
A small Satyrid resting low down by the path in the early morning. This one is fairly uncommon, and has a whitish upperside.
Morpho peleides Morpho peleides
We found this swallowtail by the path at dinner time. It seemed immobile, and we took it into our cabin, where I photographed it. However, the heat from the table lamp soon warmed it up, and after the modelling session it flew away happily to settle for the night.
Anartia jatrophae luteipicta Anartia jatrophae luteipicta
Known in Belize as the White Peacock (but by other names elsewhere), this fresh specimen had probably emerged that morning, and after drying its wings was basking to gain strength for the serious business of flying, nectaring and mating.
Hamadryas iphthime joannae Hamadryas iphthime joannae
One of the less common of four Belizean species of Hamadryas or “cracker”, so called because of the crackling noise they make as they fly when alarmed. This one’s camouflage capabilities are remarkable: not only does the mottled wing surface match the colour and pattern of the bark; the white blotches of its forewings even match the white blotches on the trunk of its favourite tree species.
Hamadryas iphthime joannae Upperside Hamadryas iphthime joannae
Upperside.
Phyciodes vesta graphica Phyciodes vesta graphica
A tiny member of the “Crescent” group, it posed nicely against a verdant background.
Calephelis stallingsi Calephelis stallingsi
A tiny Metalmark; the forewing length is only 10mm. There are many species of Calephelis, whose centre of diversity is Guatemala. They are very difficult to tell apart, but this one looks close to other stallingsi which I have photographed, and it is recorded from Belize.
Everes comyntas texana Everes comyntas texana
The Tailed Blue, well known in the eastern half of the U.S.A., and extending as far south as Costa Rica. When nectaring it keeps its wings closed, and looks just like an extra petal on the flower.
Pareuptychia ocirrhoe Pareuptychia ocirrhoe
A common Satyrid, easily recognised by the white upper surface of its wings.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2009 16:05