Godart's numberwing butterfly
Godart's numberwing butterfly (underside)Callicore pygas
There are about 20 species of Callicore butterflies, all of which bear distinctive patterns underneath their wings, which can look a lot like numbers, hence their common name, ‘numberwing’.
Where can you see them? In the tropical rainforests of Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and probably also in Ecuador. Males visit sandbanks to drink water that is full of minerals. They usually fly alone but may gather in small groups along with other numberwing butterflies.
What do they eat? Their caterpillars probably the leaves of Sapindaceae - soapberry trees.
Are they endangered? Unfortunately these beautiful butterflies are killed in vast numbers for their beautiful wings, which are used by produce decorative items for the souvenir trade.