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Bolivia park is a butterfly paradise
Scientists on an expedition in Bolivia have identified more than 1,000 varieties of butterflies living in Madidi National Park, a New Jersey-sized protected area considered to be the most biodiverse in the world.

A firetip (Amenis pionia pionia) buttefly was one of more than 1,000 varieties found living in Madidi National Park, a New Jersey-sized protected area considered to be the most bioverse in the world. The new count nearly triples numbers of butterflies previously identified in the park and adds to an impressive trough of wildlife discovered since the expedition began last year – including a new frog as well as possibly three catfish, and a new lizard new to science. (Mileniusz Spanowicz/WCS)

Several clearwing (Episcada) butterflies found in Bolivia's Madidi National Park as part of an expedition that began in June and involves the government, Wildlife Conservation Society as well as other international institutions. (Mileniusz Spanowicz/WCS)

The Castalia Green Mantle (Caria castalia) butterfly. (Mileniusz Spanowicz/WCS)

A Glittering sapphire (Lasaia agesilas.Pata-Aten) butterfly, one of 1,080 species recently tallied in Madidi National Park. (Mileniusz Spanowicz/WCS)

The common bentwing (Ebrietas anacreon) butterfly. Mileniusz Spanowicz/WCS

The Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) butterfly. (Mileniusz Spanowicz/WCS)

Bolivia park is a butterfly paradise

Scientists on an expedition in Bolivia have identified more than 1,000 varieties of butterflies living in Madidi National Park, a New Jersey-sized protected area considered to be the most biodiverse in the world.

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