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Tiger Leafwing Butterfly

Posted on July 03, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Consul Fabius

Common Name: Tiger Leafwing
Scientific Name: Consul Fabius
Wingspan: 30–40 millimetres (1.2–1.6 in)
Location: Neotropics (South and Central America, the Mexican lowlands, the Caribbean islands, and southern Florida)

The upersides of the wings have a bright orange and black pattern, with two yellow bands across the angular forewings. The hindwings are tailed. This butterfly is part of a mimicry ring, as a matter of fact the cryptic undersides of the wings mimic a dead-leaf. This species is present in deciduous forest, rainforest, and cloud forest. It usually prefers the forest canopy, the banks of rivers and the forest edges, at elevations between sea level and about 1200 m.

 

Consul Fabius

 

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Tarricina Longwing Butterfly

Posted on July 03, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Tarricina Longwing Butterfly

 

Common Name: Tarricina Longwing

Scientific Name: Tithorea Tarricina

Wingspan: 75–80 millimetres (3.0–3.1 in)

Location: Mexico & Central and South America

The Tarricina Longwing is a species of butterflies belonging to the Nymphalidae family. The pattern of the wings is quite variable. Usually the dorsal sides of the forewings are black with white spots, while the hindwings are orange with black margins. The underside are similar, with many small white spots along the black margins. The antennae are black. The beautiful chrysalides are completely golden. It can be found at the edges of forested areas in lowlands and mountain slopes, at an elevation up to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above sea level.

 

Tarricina Longwing Butterfly PEI

 

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Starry Night Cracker Butterfly

Posted on July 03, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Starry Night Cracker Butterfly

 

Common Name: Starry Night Cracker

Scientific Name: Hamadryas Laodamia

Location: Mexico to the Amazon Basin

 

The butterflies are commonly known as Crackers due to the ability of the males of several species to produce a sound similar to the crackling of bacon in a frying pan. The sound is produced as the butterflies take off, and is made by twanging a pair of spiny rods at the tip of the abdomen against bristles on the anal claspers. Only males can produce the sound, but both sexes can detect it - their wings have tiny hollow cells covered in membranes that vibrate in response to sound, and stimulate nerve endings. The purpose of the sound is not known. It may possibly deter competing males from occupying the same territory, or could act as a trigger to initiate the first response from a female during courtship. All Hamadryas species have a beautiful calico pattern on the upperside. In several species, the ground colour is greyish and the pattern acts as an extremely effective camouflage against the bark of trees. In others, the wings are velvety black with a blue sheen and a pattern of bright blue spots.

 

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Silver-Spotted Flambeau Butterfly

Posted on July 03, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Silver-Spotted Flambeau Butterfly PEI

 

Common Name: Silver-Spotted Flambeau
Scientific Name: Dione Juno
Wingspan: 70-75mm
Location: Central and South America, from Mexico to Paraguay

Dione Juno, or The Silver-Spotted Flambeau, is found in Central and South America, from Mexico to Paraguay. The dorsal wing surface is a brilliant reddish- orange edged and veined with black. The wing underside is light reddish-brown and patterned with silvery-white streaks and spots. Each ventral forewing has a large light orange patch. Unlike other Heliconian species, the Silver-Spotted Flambeau does not feed on pollen. The adults fly quickly and erratically. They prefer open, sunny areas, and may be found up to 2500m in altitude.

 

Silver-Spotted Flambeau Butterfly  PEI

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Scarlet Mormon Butterfly

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Scarlet Mormon Butterfly

 

Common Name: Scarlet Mormon

Scientific Name: Papilio Rumanzovia

Wingspan: 120-140mm

Location: Philippines to southern Taiwan

 

The Scarlet Mormon or Red Mormon (Papilio rumanzovia) is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. The species was named by Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz after Nicholas Rumanzow, Chancellor of the Russian Empire. It has traditionally been regarded as a species of its own rather than a subspecies of Papilio deiphobus;the former treatment is still preferred by some. The male strongly resembles the male Papilio ascalaphus, but lacks the tail at the bottom wing. In contrast, the female has distinct red markings on the wings. The larvae feed on Citrus species.

 

Scarlet Mormon Butterfly

 

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Sara Longwing Butterfly

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Sarah Longwing Butterfly PEI

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia 

 

Common Name: Sara Longwing
Scientific Name: Heliconius Sara
Wingspan: 55–60 mm
Location: Mexico to the Amazon Basin and southern Brazil

The Sara Longwing is a colourful species: the dorsal wing surface is black with a large medial patch of metallic blue that is framed by two bands of white on the forewings. The ventral wing surface is a dull brown to black with muted bands and small red spots on the proximal margin. Inhabiting rainforests, adults are commonly found among sparser secondary growth and along forest margins. They reproduce continuously, with several generations produced every year. The adult stage has a lifespan of 2–3 months. Like other heliconiids, females seek the new growth of passion flower vines on that to lay their small yellow eggs, in clusters of 10–50. The vines contain toxic compounds that the caterpillars are immune to; as they feed upon the vines, the caterpillars concentrate the toxins within their tissues. After pupating (with the chrysalis also found on the host vine and camouflaged like a leaf), the adult retains the toxins and is thus protected from predation.

 

Sarah Longwing Butterfly

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Red Lacewing Butterfly

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Red Lacewing Common Name: Red Lacewing

Scientific Name: Cethosia Biblis

Wingspan: 8–9 centimetres (3.1–3.5 in)

Location: Indian Subcontinent eastwards to Southeast Asia and East Asia (the eastern limit being the Philippines, and the southern limit being to Indonesia)

This is a medium-sized butterfly. In males the dorsal sides of the wings are bright orange-red, framed by a black outline with white spots. The undersides range from bright red to pale brown, interlaced by black and white. This astonishing pattern helps to disguise the shape of the butterfly, while the intense colour of the dorsal sides of the wings is a warning to predators that the Red Lacewing has a bad taste, deriving from the poisonous host plants of the caterpillars. The dorsal sides of the wings of the females are grayish-brownish with black spots and white bands and spots on the black margins.

Red Lacewing

 

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Postman Butterfly

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

postman butterfly

 

Common Name: Postman
Scientific Name: Heliconius Melpomene Wingspan: 5.5–8 cm (2.2–3.1 in)
Location: Central America to Southern Brazil

The Heliconius Melpomene is also known as the postman butterfly. It’s one of the heliconiine butterflies found from Mexico to northern South America. Several species in the genus have very similar markings and are difficult to distinguish. The distribution of this butterfly is from Central America to Southern Brazil. The postman butterfly has large long wings with an orange stripe down each forewing. It is poisonous and has red patterns on its wings. It has three and the yellowish white stripe on the underside ends before it reaches the margin.

postman butterfly

 

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Pink Rose Butterfly

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

pink rose butterfly

 

Common Name: Pink Rose
Scientific Name: Pachliopta Kotzebuea Wingspan: 6.35 cm
Location: Philippines

The Pink Rose (Pachliopta kotzebuea) is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found in the Philippines. Food plants include birthwort (Aristolochia) species. The species was named for Otto von Kotzebue, commander of the Russian expeditionary ship Rurik. Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz served as physician and naturalist aboard the Rurik on a circumnavigational voyage from 1815–1818.

pink rose

 

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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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