Callicore aegina - underside display
30x14x6cm frame (black)
Three specimens of Callicore aegina, members of the Callicore tribe - sometimes called Numberwings as the patterns on the underside hindwings resemble numbers or letters of the alphabet.
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.
Males often visit river beaches to imbibe dissolved minerals. On hot sunny days they habitually land on the arms, legs and backs of humans to imbibe sweat to gather the minerals.