Glass dome Idea princesa
12 x Idea princesa under glass dome
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SPECIES : Idea leuconoe princesa
Idea leuconoe, also known as the paper kite butterfly, rice paper butterfly or large tree nymph is a butterfly known especially for its presence in butterfly houses and live butterfly expositions. It has a wingspan of 12 to 14 cm. The paper kite is of Southeast Asian origin, but can also be found in Northern Australia and Southern Taiwan.
Larvae feed on Parsonsia species, so both the butterfly and larva are poisonous.
The paper kite butterfly’s forewings and hindwings are translucent silvery white with black spots, similar to the Idea lynceus.
GENUS : Chrysiridia
Idea is a genus of butterflies known as tree nymphs or paper butterflies. The member species are concentrated around South-East Asia. See Sevenia for the genus of African tree nymphs.
FAMILY : Nymphalidae
ORDER : Lepidoptera
Well-known groups of Lepidoptera include plume moths, hawk-moths, loopers, swift-moths, skippers, butterflies, tiger moths, grass moths, clearwing moths, clothes moths and burnet moths. Worldwide there are around 160,000 known species in 120 families; in Britain there are about 2,570 species in 72 families.