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The Sylphina Angel (Chorinea sylphina) is a clearwing butterfly species from the Riodinidae family. It is found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. When seen in flight the transparent wings of this exquisite butterfly reflect a myriad of glittering colours - a kaleidoscope of iridescent green, blue, pink and golden hues that hold the observer spellbound as it flickers it’s wings in bright sunlight. As it flutters rapidly around bushes and shrubs it could easily be mistaken for a damselfly, and it is not until it settles under a leaf and stops fluttering that it reveals its true identity.
Adults fly in full sunshine, but occasionally settle beneath the leaves of bushes.