New Thumbnail-sized Butterfly

I really struggled with the ID on this butterfly, thinking at first it was one of the Sarota Jewelmarks which are all tiny, but the patterns just did not match any of them. Then moving into the Metalmarks I found two that had similar patterns with colors and dark center matching best with the Rounded Metalmark, Caliphelis perditalis (link to butterfliesandmoths.org). There seem to be a lot of these in Mexico and Texas while I’m the first to note one in Costa Rica on the above website. Here’s two shots from different angles, though he never landed with his wings folded which is the other shot I try to get for ID purposes . . .

Rounded Metalmark, Cliphelis perditalis, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Rounded Metalmark, Cliphelis perditalis, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

¡Pura Vida!

See all my Costa Rica Butterflies Galleries.

4 Replies to “New Thumbnail-sized Butterfly”

    1. Yes, sometimes the tiny ones are among the prettiest! And such intricate designs on such a small creature, like painting that design on your thumbnail! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: