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Blue Wing

Papilionidae (Mexican Bluewing)

Myscelia ethusa

Family: Brush-footed Butterflies

Identification: Forewing apex is truncated. Upperside is black with iridescent blue bands; outer half of forewing has white spots.

Life history: Young caterpillars make a resting perch by attaching dung pellets and silk to a leaf vein. The adults rest on tree trunks with wings closed, exposing their undersides which look like bark.

Wing span: 2 1/2 – 3 inches (6.4 – 7.6 cm). Habitat: Stream valleys with dry scrub or scattered tropical forest.

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