Peruvian Butterflies

Peru is one of nine countries that are home to the Amazon River basin, which plays host to more butterfly species than anywhere else on Earth. A visitor to this region could easily spot multiple butterfly species in a given day. Because of their popularity, the butterflies of the Amazon are given higher levels of protection than other rainforest residents and at present their threat level remains low.


The Sulfur Butterfly is part of the Pieridae family and is usually a single color, often orange or yellow. These butterflies are quite common throughout the Amazon and are usually found around puddles of water in an attempt to obtain important minerals. Sometimes the sulfur butterfly can be found drinking water from the eyes of aquatic reptiles in the same effort to access minerals.