Callicore Cyllene, C. cajetani, C. aegina, C. eunomia Ttopside/underside display
26x19x6cm frame (black).
Upper-side and underside display of four members of the Callicore family, 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. They 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.
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This is by far my favourite display and has been the one most requested for wedding presents. Due to their delicate wings and antennae it is very tricky to set this display – wings tear and antennae snap – but it’s such a beautiful one to look at when it’s complete.
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.