Riodinidae is the name given to the family of metalmark butterflies that are small or medium-sized, having 146 genera and 1532 species.
|Harlequin||Blue Metalmark||Swamp Metalmark|
The caterpillars of this family are longish with a plump and hairy appearance.
The chrysalis has a hairy body attached to the leaf litter, host plants or ground debris. They have a light green body with dots of white.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present
Color and Appearance: The colorations differ from one butterfly species to the other as those in the temperate zones have iridescent green and blue wings, while tropical species possess transparent wings. The wings have silvery or golden metallic spots, seen when they are opened or closed.
The males possess reduced forelegs, while in the females it is full-sized and completely functional.
Average wingspan: 12 mm -60 mm (0.47 inches to 2.36 inches)
Flight pattern: Fast and erratic
They differ in shape, being flat and round, though some may resemble a turban or dome.
|Distribution||Throughout the New World|
|Habitat||In the rain forest regions of South America, as well as in grasslands, gardens, and fields.|
|Host plants||Species of roadside thistle, marsh thistle, passionflower, and albizia|
|Adult diet||Flower nectar|