This Preserved Butterfly Specimen is known as the Zebra Mosaic (Colobura dirce) Dirce Beauty Butterfly. The Dirce Beauty, also known as the Mosaic or Zebra Mosaic, (Colobura dirce) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Central America and northern South America.
Zebra Mosaic Dirce Butterflies are known to habitually sit on the tree trunks in a head downwards posture, to imbibe sap and moisture from crevices in the bark. If approached they sometimes try to evade the intruder by running around to the opposite side of the tree, and if followed will run back to their original position – quite literally forcing the observer to run around in circles after them. They are extremely reluctant to take flight when feeding, and if they are forced to do so they quickly return to resume feeding.
**Please keep in mind that these specimens are dried and unspread (as shown), meaning the wings are closed. These specimens are useful if you want to use their wings only (for artwork, fairy dolls, jewelry) or simply to study them for science.
In order to spread butterflies for mounting and display, simply search online on how to hydrate the butterflies to spread their wings. Mounted butterflies are often used in insect mosaics which make beautiful and unique pieces of art.
• You will receive a Preserved Butterfly Specimen similar to the reference picture
• Each specimen is approximately 1.5″ unspread (3″ spread)