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Jungle Butterflies

Posted 5/2/2011 12:05 AM by Frank Krell | Comments
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Dr. Dean Fanara, a medical entomologist from Elk, Washington, donated 98 butterflies from the remote jungles of northeast Colombia that he had collected in 1966. Dr. Fanara had conducted research on malaria and Chagas disease for the Pan American Health Organization in the region of Puerto Reyes, in the land of the Bari people. According to a map recently published by the Colombian expert, Prof. M. Gonzalo Andrade-C., the butterfly fauna of this region of Colombia is rather unknown. The specimen on the photograph is a Blue-frosted Banner, Catonephele numilia (Cramer, 1776) of the family Nymphalidae from Dr. Fanara's donation.

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