These are commonly known as the metalmarks and as the name suggests have dramatic colors and patterns on their wings. The family is sometimes placed within the Lycaenidae family or with the super family of true butterflies the Papilionidae.
There are 1250 species found in the world and prefer the neotropical environment. Some of the butterflies of this species like the Northern metalmark are not found in many locations. They have a very specific habitat and even there they are found in small numbers.
The species are further threatened due to habitat destruction, spraying for gypsy moth control, overcrowding of the host plant, fires and other ecological threats. Males of the species have reduces front legs that are not used for walking and females usually have three pair of walking legs.
The family is subdivided into subfamilies Nemeobiionae, Euselasiinae and Riodininae.
This is the classification of different types of butterflies, with each family divided into different sub-families and genera to group together butterflies with similar features. As is clear, the most distinguishing feature of butterflies taken into consideration for identification and classification are the wings, their colors and patterns. With regular and keen observation, it is possible to clearly identify a butterfly belonging to the different families.
image cc metalmark by Anne Toal on Flickr