Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly Archaeoprepona demophon

Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly underside
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly topside
The Banded King Shoemaker, also called the One-spotted Prepona, is a fast flying butterfly native to much of Central and South America. It has several subspecies and looks very similar to the Silver King Shoemaker which flies in the same range and even has an almost identical binomial name (Archaeoprepona demophoon).
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Other butterflies are also similar to the Banded King topside: the Three-toned and the White-spotted Preponas, and the Purple King Shoemaker, but their undersides are distinctly different.
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
The underside is usually less grey/silvery than the Silver King Shoemaker. Both show a row of dots like studs on the outside edge of the underside hind wing.
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Individuals vary in shade and in strength of markings on the underside, including the hind wing studs.
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly chrysalis
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly chrysalis
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly chrysalis
The chrysalis. The name "shoemaker" is because of the anvil-shape on the head of the caterpillar.
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly emerged
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly emerged
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly emerged
Emerged from chrysalis.
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly emerged
Banded King Shoemaker Butterfly emerged
The underside of female Banded King Shoemaker can look more grey/silvery than that of the Silver King Shoemaker.