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Metalmark Butterflies

Riodinidae is the family of small to medium-sized metalmark butterflies, mainly brown, orange and black in coloration. The name "metalmarks" refers to the small, golden or silvery metallic-looking spots commonly found on their wings. They are normally seen with their wings open. There are 1,532 species in 146 genera.

They are typically found in the tropical latitudes, especially those of the Americas. Only about 20 species are resident in North America north of Mexico.

Blue Metalmark

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Blue Metalmark Butterfly

Red-bordered Metalmark

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Red-bordered Metalmark

Zela Metalmark

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Zela Metalmark Butterfly

Arizona Metalmark

Arizona Metalmark

Fatal Metalmark

Fatal Metalmark

Rounded Metalmark

Rounded Metalmark

Walker's Metalmark

Walker's Metalmark

Mormon Metalmark

Mormon Metalmark

Sonoran Metalmark

Sonoran Metalmark

Nais Metalmark

Nais Metalmark

Ares Metalmark

Ares Metalmark

Behr's Metalmark

Behr's Metalmark

Curved-wing Metalmark

Curved-wing Metalmark
  Photos by and courtesy of Alan Schmierer

 

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