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The Paper Kite - Idea leuconoe

Vahr / botanica, Bremen, Bremen • Germany The Paper Kite, Rice-paper Butterfly, or Wood Nymph is one of the most spectacular danaid butterflies. This magnificent, slow-flying species is found in mangrove forests in extreme southeast Asia (Malaysia) and the surrounding Indonesian islands (Burma, Sumatra, New Guinea, Borneo, and the Philippines). It is easy to see how the species gets its common names as the overly large flimsy wings and bouncing flight are reminiscent of a piece of paper being blown about by the wind. The chrysalis is a piece of art in itself and looks uncannily like a piece of butterscotch candy wrapped in yellow cellophane. Like all members of the monarch family, it is unpalatable due to the chemicals sequestered as a caterpillar feeding on Tylophora hispida, Parsonsia helicandra, P. spiralis, and Cynanchum formosanum., Rice-paper Butterfly, or Wood Nymph is one of the most spectacular danaid butterflies. This magnificent, slow-flying species is found in mangrove forests in extreme southeast Asia (Malaysia) and the surrounding Indonesian islands (Burma, Sumatra, New Guinea, Borneo, and the Philippines). It is easy to see how the species gets its common names as the overly large flimsy wings and bouncing flight are reminiscent of a piece of paper being blown about by the wind. The chrysalis is a piece of art in itself and looks uncannily like a piece of butterscotch candy wrapped in yellow cellophane. Like all members of the monarch family, it is unpalatable due to the chemicals sequestered as a caterpillar feeding on Tylophora hispida, Parsonsia helicandra, P. spiralis, and Cynanchum formosanum. Text source

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