Gary Faulkner

Gary Faulkner

Posted on 08/17/2013


Photo taken on August 10, 2013


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Cienaga de Zapata
Cuban Butterflies
Zapata National Park
Silver Emperor
Doxocopa laure


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Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure)

Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure)
I initially thought this was an Adelpha species however it had an irridescent sheen on the hind wings (similar to our own Purple Emperor but unfortunately not captured in this shot) and I have concluded therefore its actually a Silver Emperor, Doxocopa laure. It has the distinctive green tongue which is just visible in this shot (and more clearly visible in some others), which I think confirms the ID.

I have read that some butterflies mimic the colours of the Adelpha which have toxins in their bodies as a means of defence and I wonder if that is the case with this species.

Cienaga de Zapata, Cuba

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Nature Exposed
Nature Exposed
I hope they were easier to photograph than our Purple Emperor's!
4 years ago.
Gary Faulkner has replied to Nature Exposed
Well, as you can see I failed miserably to capture the iridescence!
4 years ago.