Sangaris Ellipse (11×14)
The third and most diminutive of the Ellipse series is also the most deeply colored. Only one genus of truly solid red butterfly exists and that is Cymothoe of central Africa. Though relatively common in the Central African Republic, Cameroun, Gabon, Tanzania and Nigeria, this particularly delicate, aggressive butterfly is rarely encountered in pristine condition. Conflicts and competition among newly emerged adults quickly deteriorate the aesthetic qualities of Cymothoe, therefore, only freshly emerged specimens can be utilized.