Riodinid Butterfly Lasia agesilas
Common Name: Riodinid Butterfly
Order Name: Lepidoptera
Family Name: Riodinidae
Quite the enigmatic character, this small Riodinid butterfly with prominent yellow eyes and gorgeous metallic blue wings, found a favorite perch on the red laces of my hiking boots as I took a break in the Southern Brazilian forests of Rondonia. There are over 2000 species of Riodinids butterflies which present considerable difficulty for taxonomists to organize. The entire group is extremely diverse and closely resemble many other butterfly groups.