Smith's Pixie (Melanis smithiae)

The very first encounter with the smith’s pixie (Melanis smithiae) for me in Bolivia, and one of countless gorgeous butterfly species here in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.

This is by the stream/waterfall we cross on the way to the Huanchaca Plateau (also called Caparu Meseta (Meseta de Caparú)) and is sometimes used as a camp when it’s not possible to reach to the plateau and the camp there before nightfall.

Many thanks to Adrian Hoskins for identification. He says “The apical spots, orange hw border and red basal spots vary in size even among local populations.”


Last updated on 27 June 2024