Topside/underside display of various Callicore specimens
Upper-side and underside display of six members of the Callicore family, sometimes called Numberwings as the patterns on the underside hindwings resemble numbers or letters of the alphabet. These are the most delicate, eye-catching species, so intricate people often ask whether they are real or not.
These beautiful jewel-like butterflies are found in wet tropical rainforest areas of Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and the upper Amazonian region of Brazil. They are usually encountered as solitary males and have a rapid and powerful flight over short distances. They often visit river beaches to imbibe dissolved minerals.
Top row, left to right, dorsal side; second row, rectal side:
3rd row, dorsal side; 4th row, rectal side:
These butterflies have been prepared in the UK to museum standards and are displayed in a deep handmade shadowbox frame, mounted on white conservation-grade foam. The back of the frame is covered in really special Italian decorative paper, with a brass hook for hanging it on the wall (but it also stands perfectly on a mantlepiece or a table). They are completely sealed inside the frame and will last for generations.