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Red-bordered Pixie

Red-bordered Pixie
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Copyright: Ninfa Urania (Ninfa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-16 20:20
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Points: 4
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Red-bordered Pixie (Melanis pixe)

Family: Metalmarks (Riodininae - or Riodinidae)

Identification: Upperside black. Tip of forewing yellow-orange; base of wing with red spot. Hindwing outer margin with band of red spots.

Life history: Eggs are laid in groups of 10-30 on the host tree leaves, stems, or bark; caterpillars feed gregariously on leaves and pupate together in groups.

Wing span: 1 1/2 - 1 7/8 inches (3.8 - 4.4 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Guamuchil (Pithecellobium dulce), Albizia, and Inga species; all in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Adult food: Nectar from flowers of Pithecellobium, Albizia, Inga, Coffea, Cordia, Lantana, and Citrus.

Habitat: Lowland riparian tropical forest, city parks.

Esta mariposa la encontré en la Zona Arqueológica de Comalcalco, un lugar precioso muy rico en insectos, dada las condiciones de luz y las características de su color como terciopelo negro, que por cierto, se escondía de la cámara... lamento no poder captar mas detalles, ella estaba escondida debajo de una hoja de un arbol,su combinación me pareció interesante..espero poder documentarla correctamente, agradeceria mucho si alguien puede darme información acerca de ella..Feliz Domingo.... *Ninfa Urania*



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Hello Ninfa,

what an unusual, exquisitely coloured and patterned butterfly! A real specialty that you are showing us here, well shown with sufficient details and brilliant colours under apparent low light conditions. For the ID of that eye-catching beauty I will have to do some investigations, or hopefully one of our experts will tell us. (Is it a moth? The antennae seem to indicate a butterfly, and then probably belonging to the neotropical Riodininae subfamily of Lycaenidae).
Thank you for sharing this well made documentary image, and best regards,


That strangely beautiful butterfly is called a "Red-bordered Pixie"

Melanis pixe (Boisduval, 1836).

It belongs to the butterfly family of "Metalmarks" (Riodininae - or Riodinidae).


Hello Ninfa,
Nice to see this Neotropical Riodinid on TN. Reminds me of being in Belize many years ago, where we saw these fairly regularly. You have captured the colours very well in a fine composition. I think I would have cropped a little more off the top and the bottom, but that is a personal preference. Thanks.

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