So there I was, one my out of the office building, when I spotted this guy on the wall near the back entrance. I usually don't have much luck getting closeups of butterflies, but I guess the macro gods were shining their lights upon, as this fella did not budge one bit as I approached as stealthily as possible. The first picture is the best shot I got.
Taking the picture obviously got me interested in what type of butterfly this was, so I tried the first method that came to mind, google image reverse searching. The search result told me that this was a Monarch, but as it is clearly not a Monarch I was back to square one. So then I thought, the google algorithm probably is more focused on North-American types of insect. So I narrowed my search to butterfly families in South-America. I live in Suriname by the way, which is in South-America, if the previous statement didn't make any sense yet.
I immediately recognized my guy in one of the pictures. Turns out this is a Scarlet Peacock, native to South-America. The proper Latin name would then be Anartia Amathea. It's locality according to Wikipedia is Suriname, meaning that this is the center of where its type is most concentrated.
So it seems this is quite common in Suriname. It surely does not seem unfamiliar to me, but I am still proud of the shot. When I got too close he folded his wings and that was the end of the photoshoot.
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