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Paper Kite butterfly (Idea Leuconoe)

Paper Kite butterfly (Idea Leuconoe)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-26
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-15 3:03
Viewed: 1478
Points: 12
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I am not quite sure about the id of this lovely butterfly but one of my Malaysian friends was quite confident that it is a Paper Kite or Rice Paper butterfly. It has a lovely name; it might have earned this name because of its slow, floating sort of flying habit and delicate structure of its wings. The only confusion about ID in my mind is its eye color. Most of the websites show that eyes are black but the butterfly in my shot has white stripes on black.

According to Wikipedia: "The Paper Kite, Rice Paper, or Large Tree Nymph butterfly is known especially for its presence in butterfly greenhouses and live butterfly expositions. The Paper Kite is of Southeast Asian origin."

Some details from another website (http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Malaysia%20-%20Idea%20leuconoe.htm):
There are 12 Idea species, of which 5 occur in West Malaysia i.e. hypermnestra, leuconoe, lynceus, iasonia and stolli. The other 7 species are found variously in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, the Philippines, Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Irian and Papua New Guinea.
Tree Nymphs are very large butterflies, characterised by having translucent white wings patterned with black veins, and numerous oval black spots. They are noted for their slow and very graceful flight, which gives them the appearance of white handkerchiefs floating gently on the breeze.
Idea leuconoe occurs in West Malaysia, and possibly on Taiwan and the Philippines, although there is some confusion among taxonomists about whether the non-Malaysian forms are subspecies of leuconoe, or of another species.

HABITAT: This is a relatively common species occurring in coastal mangrove forest and lowland rainforest at altitudes between sea level and about 400m.

ADULT BEHAVIOR: These beautiful insects, known variously as Tree Nymphs, Paper Kites, and Rice Paper butterflies, have a very slow and extraordinarily graceful flight. It might appear therefore that they would easily fall victim to avian predators, but like all Danaines Idea are poisonous or highly unpalateable to birds and are not often attacked. The slow flight is their way of advertising the very distinctive pattern, which birds, through past experience, associate with a very unpleasant taste.

In sunny conditions males usually rest with the wings erect or partly open, ready to take flight to intercept potential mates. In cool or cloudy weather they are more relaxed and can sometimes be found feeding at flowers at the side of roads. When feeding they tend to slowly flutter or fan their wings, but when settled on foliage they will bask with wings fully outspread.

Thanks for your time,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-07-15 3:09]

Hello Akbar,
Great macro of this beautiful butterfly in splendid colours and excellent sharpness with fantastic details. Taken in beautiful light and from a very good POV.

Hallo Akbar,
Great sharp black beauty.

hallo Akbar
very nice composition and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-07-15 8:40]

Hi Akbar,absolutely beautiful this capture,the specie is truly beautiful and i agree your ID,excellent exposure for the best white and fine detail too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2014-07-15 8:55]

Hello Akbar,
very beautiful butterfly,good capture nice species,regards..

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-07-17 10:21]
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Hi Akbar,
Perfect portrait of a beautiful butterfly.
Your whole gallery is very nice.
Regards Jiri.

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