Sorana eighty-eight butterfly

Sorana eighty-eight or Zig-zag numberwing butterfly (upperside)

Callicore sorana


Z.1985.53.115, Z.1985.53.121

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, ‘eighty-eight’. The numbers look more like an 8 and a 0 in this particular species.

Where can you see them? Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina 

What do they eat? The caterpillars eat custard apple (Annonaceae) and Soapberry (Sapindaceae) plants

Sorana eighty-eight or Zig-zag numberwing butterfly (underside)

Are they endangered? Unfortunately these beautiful butterflies are killed in vast numbers for their beautiful wings, which are used to produce decorative items for the souvenir trade.

Linked objects:

Aegina numberwing butterfly

Kolyma eighty-eight butterfly

Godart's numberwing butterfly

Eight-spot numberwing butterfly

Astarte eighty-eight butterfly