Prepona laertes

Prepona laertes

Common Name: N/A
Scientific Name: Prepona laertes
Exhibit: Butterfly Garden
Medium: Colored Pencil
Date finished: May 16, 2009
Observation: This butterfly was in cue to be drawn while I was still working on the Grey Cracker. Thus it had been dead for weeks before I got around to drawing it. Fortunately it had not accumulated much damage during that time unlike the Grey Cracker. This butterfly had died with its wings partially open which gave a rare chance to draw both sides. The only real difference that I made between the drawing and the real butterfly was the legs (The dead butterfly had its legs close to its body while I wanted my drawing to look alive) and the color of its eyes. Due to the amount of time it had been dead I noticed that the eyes changed color. Luckily I had taken the time to take a photo shortly after the butterfly died, so I used that photo as a guide for the eye color. For a long while the name of this butterfly had eluded me since it was not listed on the card that told the different species in the garden (We never really know what we are going to get, so there are times when a new butterfly comes in). Due to the blue upperwing and the patterned underwing I had guessed that it was in the Morpho family. Searching online proved fruitless until I found someone else wondering the same thing on one site. There I learned that it was not a Morpho at all. Instead it was a Prepona. After close examination I determined that it was a Prepona laertes. That is the scientific name though. I looked a little for its common name, but didn't have too much luck. One site simply reversed the wording for the common name and called it the Laertes Prepona. So to make it simple, I just call it a Prepona to reduce confusion.