On the Flip Side

Anna’s 88 is a butterfly in wet tropical forests in Central and South America.  On rare occasions, it can be found as a stray in south Texas. Its upper side is dark brown with a metallic bluish-green band on the forewings.

Upper side of Anna's 88 butterfly.  Photo credit:  Peter Maddison
Upper side of Anna’s 88 butterfly. Photo credit: Peter Maddison

The underside of the hind wings is white, with lines that approximate a black-outlined “88,” giving the species its common name.

Anna's 88 Butterfly Rogelio Guzman-Moya
Bottom of Anna’s 88 butterfly wing showing 88. Credit: Rogelio Guzman-Moya

Anna’s 88 often frequent human dwellings, and are considered a sign of good luck by some communities.

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