Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small, darkly colored butterflies of the family Riodinidae, occurring mainly in tropical regions and having iridescent lines or spots on the wings.

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  • n. Any butterfly of the family Riodinidae

Etymologies

metal +‎ mark, from the metallic spots on the wing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Litchfield - About one-fifth of the 117 butterfly species native to the state - including the silvery checkerspot, northern metalmark and frosted elfin - are listed as rare and endangered by the Department of Environmental Protection, a decline that has hastened in the past three years.

    USATODAY.com

  • A new study published in the inaugural issue of PLoS ONE (an online open-access journal of science) notes the discovery that metalmark moths (Brenthia) mimic jumping spiders.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Scientists have now discovered that metalmark moths in Costa Rica use mimicry to escape hunters as well, by mimicking the very predators that might normally eat them.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Antioch Dunes was the first national wildlife refuge set aside for an insect, Lange's metalmark butterfly.

    News - latimes.com

  • Wildlife service The Lange's metalmark butterfly, once on the verge of extinction, has only 10 days to mate and lay eggs.

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  • L.st year, University of Connecticut science professor David L. Wagner noted a two-year precipitous decline in the number of northern metalmark butterflies in counts conducted in Falls Village.

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  • About one-fifth of the 117 butterfly species native to the state -- including the silvery checker spot, northern metalmark, and frosted elfin -- are now listed as rare and endangered by the state's Department of Environmental Protection, a decline that has been most precipitous in the past three years.

    News from www.rep-am.com

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