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Paper Kite Butterfly

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

paper kite butterfly


Common Name: Paper Kite
Scientific Name: Idea Leuconoe
Wingspan: 150-170 mm
Location: South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, & the Philippines

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. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight interspersed with gliding due to the high ratio of their wing-size to body- size. Their wings are generally a light yellow, brown, or off-white, with dark brown or black veins and spots.

paper kite butterfly


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