Butterfly (Asia) ~ Paper Kite

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Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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Small 23.2" x 16.4"
Medium 33.1" x 23.3"
Large 46.9" x 33.0"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border

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  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame

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Tucson Botanical Gardens (Butterfly Magic at the Gardens)
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Paper Kite

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.

The paper kite or rice paper butterfly (Idea leuconoe) is a large, white and black species related to the common monarch butterfly. Like the monarch, its larvae feed off plants with milky, alkaloid-laden sap, which makes the adult butterflies unpalatable to predators.

Rice paper butterflies are native to Malaysia and Indonesia and feed on plants native to those areas. Two of those food sources are species of the genus Parsonsia, which is a member of the Apocynaceae or dogbane family. The butterflies also feed on another dogbane, the vining Tylophora hispida.

Another rice paper butterfly food plant is Cynanchum formosanum, a summer flowering member of the Asclepiadaceae or milkweed family. Dogbanes and milkweeds are closely related families, united by a number of characteristics, including the nature of their sap

Like its monarch butterfly relations, rice paper butterflies are large and slow in flight. The common names of “rice paper butterfly” and “paper kite butterfly” are derived from their resemblance in flight to either an airborne scrap of paper or a white and black kite.

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