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The Paper Kite, Rice Paper, or Large Tree Nymph butterfly , Idea leuconoe, is known especially for its presence in butterfly greenhouses and live butterfly expositions. The Paper Kite is of Southeast Asian origin.
This Butterfly only has two rather common colors, black and white, but is still an eye catching beauty. When the light shines through the wings it is amazing, and if there are other colors around it looks a bit like stained glass. These beauties come from Malaysia and the Philippines and Southeast Asia in general. Their official name is Idea leuconoe and they are also known as white tree nymph, or rice paper.
Some lepidopterists call this butterfly the Large Tree Nymph, to make the distinction from a similar colored smaller butterfly, the Ideopsis juventa or small wood nymph. Both of those butterflies are part of the brush footed butterflies, or family Nymphalidae.
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