Location: Butterfly Valley, Orchidsfarm, Luttelgeest.
Provence Friesland, The Netherlands
April 30, 2012
Camera: Canon Powershot SX220
“Paper Kite butterfly” was featured in ! 100% !, May 3, 2013
“Paper Kite butterfly” was featured in Jut Butterflies, May 26, 2013
The Paper Kite Butterfly only has two rather common colors, black and white, but is still an eye catching beauty. The way the light shines through the wings is just amazing, and if there are other colors around it looks a bit like stained glass. These beauties come from Malaysia and the Philippines and Southeast Asia in General. Their official name is Idea leuconoe and they are also known as white tree nymph, or rice paper. Some lepidopterists call this butterfly the Large Tree Nymph, to make the distinction from a similar colored smaller butterfly, the Ideopsis juventa or small wood nymph. Both of those butterflies are part of the brush footed butterflies, or family Nymphalidae.