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Série com a Rhétus Periander Dany, borboleta Rhetus (Rhetus periander) – Series with the Periander Metalmark (Rhetus periander) - 25-03-2012 - IMG_6519 | by Flávio Cruvinel Brandão
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Série com a Rhétus Periander Dany, borboleta Rhetus (Rhetus periander) – Series with the Periander Metalmark (Rhetus periander) - 25-03-2012 - IMG_6519

Periander Metalmark (Rhetus periander).

A text, in english, from wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Periander Metalmark (Rhetus periander) is a butterfly of the Riodinidae family. It is found in most of Central America and South America, ranging from Mexico to Brazil and Argentina.

Rhetus is a Neotropical metalmark butterfly genus.They are small (wingspan 25–30 mm.) , fast flying, strikingly iridescent and have long wing tails.

There are three species: Rhetus periander (commonest and most widespread), Rhetus arcius (paler than periander and with longer thinner tails) and Rhetus dysonii (outer margins of the forewings convex, distinct white bands, and white markings on the tail).

They are found in open areas, including tracks of primary rainforest.

The genus was erected by Swainson in 1829

In older literature all three species were placed in the genus Diorina Morisse 1838 currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym , the older name having priority.

Rhetus periander often features in butterfly wall displays.

References

Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papilionoidea.Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera

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Taken on March 25, 2012