The beautiful butterfly in this puzzle is a Lycaenid butterfly. The Lycaenidae are one of the largest families of butterflies, second largest in fact. The Lycaenid butterfly is relatively small, most are under two inches. They are bright and colorful and have stunning markings. Most Lycaenid butterflies survive off a natural association with ants. These associations can be either parasitic, predatory, or mutualistic. The type of relationship varies with the butterfly species. Not all Lycaenid butterflies make use of this association but an estimated three fourths do. Lycaenidae can be bluish, brown or grey, with spots of green or orange like the ones on this lovely specimen.
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