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アマゾンで捕獲された蝶、羽が深い青に染まった姿が美しい

アマゾンで捕獲された蝶、羽が深い青に染まった姿が美しい
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南米のペルーで真っ青な美しい蝶が捕獲され、その映像が撮影された。

 

ペルーのアマゾン流域で捕獲

 

この動画を撮影したのは、アマゾンの自然保護に尽力している団体「Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon」のJoseph Seeさんだ。

 

生物学者でもあるSeeさんは今年の5月、ペルーのアマゾン流域で、この美しい蝶を発見。その姿を撮影した。

 

そこには全身が深い青に染まった美しい蝶が、羽を広げている様子が映っていた。

 

羽と羽の間が14cm

 

この蝶は「レテノール・ブルー・モルフォ」と呼ばれ、今回捕獲されたものは羽と羽の間の長さが、14cmほどもあるという。

 

この蝶はスリランカや仏領ギアナ、ブラジル、ペルー、エクアドル、コロンビア、ベネズエラにも生息しているそうだ。またオスは青い色を浮かべているが、メスは体が大きく、羽の上部が濃い茶色をしており、周りが薄茶色になっているという。

 

またアマゾンには他にも多くの美しい蝶がおり、「Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon」のインスタグラムにもさまざまな蝶の写真などが投稿されている。

 

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Lyropteryx apollonia, a mouthful of a scientific name to be sure, but inarguably one of the most striking butterflies found in the rainforests of the western Amazon and adjacent Andean foothills. This is a metalmark butterfly (family Riodinidae), named after the shiny metallic markings sported by many species in the group. North America is home to only a handful of species, all of which are pretty drably colored, so you could easily be forgiven for not even having heard of these butterflies if you’re from there. Here in the tropics, however — and this is so often the case — metalmark species richness is explosive and the diversity of colors and patterns absolutely incredible, especially here where the Andes meet the Amazon. . . Photo by Geoff Gallice @gallice.g during the 2019 Manu Biodiversity Expedition near Peru’s deservedly world-famous and hyper-diverse Manu National Park. . . . . . #butterfly #mariposa #metalmark #riodinidae #lyropteryxapollonia #butterfliesofinstagram #lepidoptera #biodiversity #insect #insectmacrophotography #manu #manunationalpark #peru #entomology #blues #amazon #rainforest #andesmountains #jungle

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An Apollo or Blue-rayed Metalmark (Lyropteryx apollonia) puddles at the Gallito de las Rocas conservation area in Peru's Cusco region, near the world-famous Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve. North Americans could be forgiven for not knowing much about this family of butterflies–in the United States, for example, there are only a handful of species of Riodinidae, most of them pretty drably colored. In the Neotropics, however, where metalmarks reach their peak diversity (more than 1,300 species), the variety of colors, patterns, and shapes is astounding and these are some of the most conspicuous and hard-to-miss of any rainforest animals. . . The ASA has been working for several years with our partners in Peru to inventory Gallito de las Rocas' plant and animal species and conduct long-term biological monitoring for the area. Our goal is to understand the importance of the area to the healthy functioning of the broader Manu landscape, the protection of biodiversity, and how climate change and other human activities are impacting plant and animal species. Butterflies here are both abundant and diverse, offering an ideal model group for studies on these topics. . . Video @gallice.g . . . . . #butterfly #butterflies #puddling #riodinidae #lyropteryx #lyropteryxapollonia #apollo #metalmark #lepidoptera #insect #insects #blue #macro #macrointhewild #conservation #amazon #rainforest #peru #manu #manunationalpark #jungle #andes #andesmountains #cloudforest #cusco #gallitodelasrocas #biodiversity

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A few butterflies from the rainforest at Gallito de las Rocas, a conservation area near Peru's Manu National Park. This is the most biodiverse place on earth—entomologists here have documented more than 1,300 butterfly species alone, at a single site! Although the area is incredibly diverse, it is also very poorly studied, and we don't have the basic information regarding the diversity of different areas, the abundance of species, or long-term population trends we need to develop effective conservation strategies and management plans for the region's incredible biological wealth. The ASA is leading an expedition to Gallito de las Rocas this July 1-14 to survey butterfly diversity, find new species, and monitor long-term trends, all in one of the most beautiful and biodiverse rainforests on earth. And you can join us! We'll also have teams studying mammals (including bats), birds, and herpetofauna (reptiles & amphibians). Check out the link in our bio for more info! 1. Rhetus dysonii 2. Callicore lyca 3. Siseme neurodes 4. Mesotaenia vaninka 5. Checking baited traps in the conservation area 6. Photographing a morpho butterfly, one of the largest and most beautiful species in the rainforest 7. Aerial view of the Gallito de las Rocas conservation area Photos @gallice.g — ASA President and Manu Biodiversity Expedition Lepidoptera team leader #butterfly #butterflies #butterfliesofinstagram #riodinidae #nymphalidae #lepidoptera #rhetus #callicore #morpho #insect #insects #entomology #fieldbiology #expedition #peru #cusco #andes #andesmountains #amazon #amazonjungle #rainforest #manunationalpark #gallitodelasrocas #biodiversity

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※ちなみに下は羽が透明な蝶の珍しい映像。

 

出典元:Caters Clips:Beautiful Big Blue Butterfly(6/8)

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