From the very beginning of our life we always get startled by the stunning beauty of the butterflies. In the childhood days we all want either to fly like a butterfly or to touch them. After all they are the most beautiful gifts of God to our planet earth. So let’s know about them more and enjoy their indispensable charm and innocence.
1) Transparent Butterfly –
The Glass winged butterfly (Greta oto) is a brush-footed butterfly, and is a member of the subfamily Danainae, tribe Ithomiini, subtribe Godyridina. The wings are translucent, with a wingspan of 5.6 to 6.1 cm (2.2 to 2.4 in). Its most common English name is glass winged butterfly, and its Spanish name is “espejitos”, which means “little mirrors.” Indeed, the tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass, as it lacks the colored scales found in other butterflies. The opaque borders of its wings are dark brown sometimes tinted with red or orange, and its body is dark in color.
2) Dead Leaf Butterflies –
The Orange Oakleaf or Dead Leaf (Kallima inachus) is a nymphalid butterfly found in tropical Asia from India to Japan. With wings closed, it closely resembles a dry leaf with dark veins and is a spectacular example of camouflage.
3) Neglected Eighty-Eight Butterfly –
Diaethria is a brush-footed butterfly genus found in the Neotropical Ecozone, ranging from Mexico to Paraguay. Species in this genus are commonly called eighty-eights like the related genera Callicore and Perisama, in reference to the characteristic patterns on the hindwing undersides of many. In Diaethria, the pattern consists of black dots surrounded by concentric white and black lines, and typically looks like the numbers “88” or “89”.
4) Giant Owl Butterfly –
The Idomeneus Giant Owl, Caligo idomeneus, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. The species can be found in the Amazon rainforest and eastern Andes, from Venezuela to Ecuador, and south to the Mato Grosso in southern Brazil. The butterfly is named for Idomeneus, the leader of the Cretan army during the Trojan War.
5) Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly –
Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae) is the largest butterfly in the world.The species was named by Lord Walter Rothschild in 1907, in honour of Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. The first European to discover the species was Albert Stewart Meek in 1906, a collector employed by Lord Walter Rothschild to collect natural history specimens from Papua New Guinea. Although the first specimen was taken with the aid of a small shotgun, Meek soon discovered the early stages and bred out most of the first specimens. It is restricted to the forests of Oro Province in eastern Papua New Guinea.
6) Emerald Swallowtail Butterfly –
The Emerald Swallowtail, Emerald Peacock, or Green-banded Peacock (Papilio palinurus) is a butterfly found primarily in South East Asia .There are several subspecies (from Burma, Borneo, Indonesia, Nias, and the Philippines).The wingspan is about 100 mm.
7) Zebra Longwing Butterfly –
The Zebra Longwing or Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia) is a species of butterfly belonging to the subfamily Heliconiinae of the Nymphalidae. It was declared the official butterfly for the state of Florida in the United States in 1996.
8) White Morpho Butterfly –
The White Morpho (Morpho polyphemus) is a white butterfly of Mexico and Centra America, ranging as far south as Costa Rica. As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few morphos that is white rather than blue. Some authorities include M. luna, which is also white, as a subspecies of M. polyphemus.
9) Wood White Butterfly –
The Wood White or Red-spotted Jezebel (Delias aganippe) is a butterfly in the family Pieridae. It is endemic to Australia.
10) Peacock Pansy Butterfly –
The Peacock Pansy, Junonia almana, is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South Asia. It exists in two distinct adult forms, which differ chiefly in the patterns on the underside of the wings; the dry-season form has few markings, while the wet-season form has additional eyespots and lines.