Borboleta - Caria mantinea (Felder & Felder, 1861) | ©Almir Cândido de Almeida (Rio Cristalino, Alta Floresta, MT, Brazil)
The genus Caria contains some of the most beautiful and elusive species of butterflies on Earth. Although fairly common they are rarely seen due to their secretive habits, and are virtually impossible to follow in flight. Once seen these glittering jewels of the Amazon are never forgotten.
Known as Green Mantle, Caria mantinea (Riodinidae) is distinguished from other species in the genus, very similar in the green metallic upperside coloration, by a single large red blotch at the base of the underside forewings .