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30-MAY-2017 Gillian Mastromatteo

Probable Gray Cracker (Hamadryas februa)

Occidental Papagayo, Guanacaste

I'm not sure which cracker species this is, but it was very beautiful for a butterfly lacking in colour. We scared it up from the path near the mango grove where it landed on a tree trunk; these butterflies typically rest on tree trunks head downward with their wings spread open.
They are called "crackers" because the males make a cracking sound when they dart out at passing insects. This may not be a male as I never heard it make a sound.

Nikon COOLPIX P610
1/250s f/5.6 at 179.2mm iso220 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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