Paper Kite Butterfly
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Take a look at this beautifully delicate butterfly. This is a Paper Kite Butterfly Idea leuconoe. The Paper Kite Butterfly is typically found in west Malaysia. I found this beauty at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.
An interesting little fact about these butterflies is that they belong to the subfamily of Danainae which is the same subfamily as the Monarchs. As most of may or may not know is that the Monarch is poisonous to most of their predators which means so isn't the Paper Kite. I never realized that there were so many butterflies that are poisonous.
The Paper Kite is also known as a Tree Nymph and Rice Paper Butterfly. These butterflies are about 6 inches across and move quite slowly, but ever so gracefully. They are quite stunning to watch.
March 31st, 2013
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