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Belize Photo of the Day: The Crimson Patch butterfly

13 September 2011 One Comment

crimson patch butterfly in belize and tropics

Today’s Belize photo of the day is the Crimson Patch butterfly and its scientific name is Chlosyne janais. The genus Chlosyne are well recognized because of their black and orange ground colors and its species range from Mexico to Colombia, occurring from sea level to 1,200 meters above sea level.

In Belize, the preferred habitat for the Crimson Patch butterfly is open areas with a moderate amount of second-growth vegetation and can be spotted predominantly during the months of November to June. They feed on flower nectar and therefore thrive in tropical countries because of the warmth and availability of a variety of flora. An interesting peculiarity of these butterflies is that while feeding, they continuously open and close their wings.

Photo submitted by Naturalist Guide: Hilberto Tut

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