Metalmark Butterflies page 1
The common name "metalmarks" refers to the beautiful metallic markings of many species in the family.
The family is most speciose in the Neotropics, but representatives are found in the Nearctic and in the Old World as well. Until relatively recently the metalmarks were treated as a subfamily within the family Lycaenidae.
Males have reduced front legs that aren't used in walking, while the females make full use of their six legs.
In cool climates metalmarks overwinter as caterpillars or pupae.
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