Rice Paper Butterfly
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|Rice Paper Butterfly|
(Paper Kite, Tree Nymph. Wood Nymph)
Range: Philippines to Borneo and Formosa
Food: various species in the milkweed family
Notes: This species is likely to be conspicuous butterfly due to its large size (wingspan over 4" or 10 cm across), bright white color, and gentle, floating flight behavior. They tend to fly low and gracefully, lightly fluttering their wings while sipping nectar from flowers. Often, several males will simultaneously flutter around a female, vying for her attention. This is one of the largest species of milkweed butterflies (Danaiidae). Caterpillars are velvety black in color, marked with narrow yellow bands and red spots, and adorned with four pairs of black filaments. The chrysalis is yellow with black markings.
The name “Rice paper” comes from the translucent quality of the wings.
This species from tropical southeast Asia is a close cousin to our own familiar monarch butterfly.
This photo was taken in the Butterfly Garden in Victoria.
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- [2011-06-26 12:52]
Very fragile looking butterfly in nice dorsal POV. Well composed with colorfull flower. Pity that this specie doesn't live in Poland :-) Good work my friend!
Thanks for showing us this beautiful butterfly. regards yiannis
Great shot with beautiful natural colours and excellent light. Great work.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Vijeesh
- [2011-06-28 19:46]
A very nice butterfly in natural habitat. The colorful flower gives beautiful contrast to the wings. Fine sharpness & a well taken image.