|Shoemaker Butterfly - Catonephele antinoe|
Family: Lycaenidae. Range: Southeast Asia
Captive live shoemaker butterfly photographed at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
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Family Lycaenidae are worldwide in distribution, with approximately 4,700 species that are unevenly distributed. Coppers are especially dominant in north temperate regions, blues are richest in the Old World tropics and north temperate zones, and hairstreaks are particularly abundant in New World tropics. The adults are typically small to tiny and often brilliantly colored--iridescent blues, bright reds, and oranges.
Adults of both sexes have three pairs of walking legs, though most males have fused segments in their front legs. Most adults visit flowers for nectar, but some harvesters feed on wooly aphid honeydew and some hairstreaks feed on honeydew or bird droppings.
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