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Gelosi, Deanna – Necyria Lucia

Story of the Box

Necyria lucia

Discovered in 2021, this rare metalmark butterfly is from the riodinidae family. Known for its metallic markings, metalmark butterflies are neotropic in distribution. Necyria lucia (neh-sear-ee-uh loo-chi-uh) is a unique specimen for its lustrous wings, and its species name comes from the Latin word Lux meaning ‘light’. It’s so well preserved that some claim to see it move.

A second taxidermy insect box for The Box Show, this butterfly comes to life when the frame is touched. Wings flutter and lights illuminate the iridescent wings. A stepper motor drives the wing motion initiated when contact is made with the capacitive touch sensor.



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