Butterflies my Achilles’ heel

When I was jogger, close to my twenty’s I was lucky enough to meet Philip J DeVries, he came to Rancho Naturalista with a tour of butterfly’s watcher, some of them with cameras but the majority in the group just want to see the actual insects.

He was kind enough to talk with the staff during meal breaks and after crossing some words and see some of the insects they got to do the talk at night I commence more interested in these creatures.

Working a long time for a very famous bird lodge, the requirements mostly were on the birds but during my free time I did my own little research on local butterflies and I have to admit my knowledge grew up immensely since then , of course, on my on patch.

In this series, I want to show not the best but the some of the butterflies and their natural history.

Genus Ascia

Limona White
One of the most difficult to tell apart from their relatives, this butterfly has to be taken slowly and check a couple of characteristics but probably the most important fact is,this butterfly has a very faint black dot in the forewing cell.

 There are only three species in the genus Ascia, all of them have white in as a ground color with black forewing apex. The genus can be found pretty much all over the Americas including the Caribbean Islands.

The butterflies in this genus are very strong fliers and some are known to migrate from place to place. Nielsen describes migratory habits of A.monuste dark morph move to a long distance to where areas the white morph remains residents.

Also Philip describes in his book something very interesting for this genus and for the birdwatcher, the Ascia was always peately rejected by capture Jacamar, suggesting they are very bitter in other words Ascias are unpalatable for Jacamar. 

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