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All these pictures were taken from November 2 to November 8 in the Mindo area of Pichincha province in Ecuador. This location is on the western slope of the Andes, with elevations ranging from (very) roughly 500m to 2000m. More accurate locations can be given as needed.

Many, many thanks to Dale Delaney for identifying many, many of these photos, and to the Neotropical Butterflies site for further help. The only resources I had at the time were a couple of books on the butterflies of Ecuador at the lodge where we stayed. Identifications (or confirmations of any guesses here) for any pictures on this page would be greatly appreciated. I'm well aware of the impossibiity of identifying neotropical butterflies (especially skippers) without specimens - generic placement by itself would be wonderful, and even family-level IDs would be an improvement on my current ignorance.

Pieridae

Leodonta dysoni, Dartwhite sp.: Looks white-and-black when it flies, but check out the colors with wings folded!:
Underside
Leptophobia sp.
Underside
A Yellow sp.
Upperside

Lycaenidae

Evenus draudti, a stunning hairstreak
Underside
Underside 2
Arawacus leucogyna
Picture 1
Picture 2
Perhaps Leptotes andicola
Underside

Riodinidae

Sarota chrysus, Jewelmark sp.
Underside
Mesosemia mycene, Eyemark sp.
Upperside
Underside
Calephelis sp.
Upperside

Ithomiidae

Perhaps Greta sp.?
Underside
Perhaps Godyris sp. or Dircenna sp.
Underside
Ithomia hyala (perhaps ssp. consobrina)
Mating pair
Hyposcada virginia
Underside
Mechanitis menapis "martineus"
Underside

Brassolidae

Caligo atreus, Yellow-edged Giant-owl (a very big butterfly!)
Underside
Caligo ilioneus, Ilioneus Giant-owl
Underside

Satyridae

Hermeuptychia hermes, (aka Cissia hermes) a common roadside satyr
Underside
Pareuptychia metaleuca (aka Cissia metaleuca), Two-banded Satyr
Underside
Upperside
Mygona propylea
Upperside
Underside
Pedaliodes peucestas
Underside
Pedaliodes sp.
Mating pair
Taygetis (Euptychia) lineata
Underside

Heliconiidae

Heliconius erato "cyrbia": A heliconian, iridescent blue with thick red bands
Upperside
Underside
Altinote ozomene
Upperside of female
Upperside of male
Underside

Nymphalidae

Hypanartia kefersteini, Red Mapwing
Upperside
Underside!!!
Hypanartia dione, a daggerwing-like Mapwing sp.
Upperside
Siproeta epaphus, Rusty-tipped Page
Upperside
Underside
Anartia amathea, Scarlet Peacock
Upperside
Underside
Vanessa brasiliensis
Upperside
Anthanassa drusilla drusilla, Crescent sp.
Upperside
Tegosa flavida
Underside
Upperside
Tegosa anieta
Upperside
Perhaps Telenassa sp.
Upperside
Eresia carme
Upperside
Underside
Eresia clara
Underside
Perisama humboldtii: sadly, somewhat out of focus, or it'd be in the "stunning" category
Underside
Upperside

Hesperiidae

Minute with a coarsely rayed UN
Underside
Vettius coryna: For a skipper, quite a knockout
Underside
Upperside
Strongly veined wings
Underside
Different species w/strongly veined wings
Underside
Upperside
Heliopetes alana, a white-skipper
Underside
Banded skipper
Upperside
Underside
Large, with an irridescent green body; an aguna?
Underside
Three long-tailed skippers
Long-tailed skipper #1
Long-tailed skipper #2
Long-tailed skipper #3
Two mottled, rather beautiful skippers
Mottled skipper #1
Mottled skipper #2
A series of rather plain skippers
Skipper #1
Skipper #2, upperside
Skipper #2, underside
Skipper #3
Skipper #4
Skipper #5
Skipper #6; (looks like #2)
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