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Butterflies - Species, Pictures & Information

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Butterflies from around the world

Indian Leaf Butterfly: Kallima inachus

Indian Leaf Butterfly: Kallima inachus

Isabella Butterfly:  Euides isabella, from Mexico through Brazil

Isabella Butterfly: Euides isabella, from Mexico through Brazil

The Paper Kite Butterfly: Idea lueconoe, from Malaysia, & Philippines

The Paper Kite Butterfly: Idea lueconoe, from Malaysia, & Philippines

Emerald Swallowtail or Banded Peacock

Emerald Swallowtail or Banded Peacock

Common Blue Morpho, or Blue Morpho : Morpho menelaus, from Costa Rica

Common Blue Morpho, or Blue Morpho : Morpho menelaus, from Costa Rica

Clipper Butterfly:  Parthenos sylvia, from Southeast Asia

Clipper Butterfly: Parthenos sylvia, from Southeast Asia

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The Malachite:  Siproeta stelenes, found in Costa Rica

The Malachite: Siproeta stelenes, found in Costa Rica

Clipper Butterfly: Parthenos sylvia.  This is the more tiger colored variety of Clipper.

Clipper Butterfly: Parthenos sylvia. This is the more tiger colored variety of Clipper.

Owl Butterfly:  Cailigo memnon, from Central and South America

Owl Butterfly: Cailigo memnon, from Central and South America

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Green Jay:  Graphium agamemnon, from the Philippines

Green Jay: Graphium agamemnon, from the Philippines

Orange Shoemaker:  Catonephele orites, from Surinam

Orange Shoemaker: Catonephele orites, from Surinam

I believe this is an Orange Tiger Butterfly:  Dryadula phaetusa, from El Salvador.  If not it may be an Orange Julia:  Dryas Julia, from Costa Rica.

I believe this is an Orange Tiger Butterfly: Dryadula phaetusa, from El Salvador. If not it may be an Orange Julia: Dryas Julia, from Costa Rica.

Common Mormon Butterfly:  Papilio polytes, from Southeast Asia

Common Mormon Butterfly: Papilio polytes, from Southeast Asia

Atlas Moth:  Attacus atlas, from Malaysia

Atlas Moth: Attacus atlas, from Malaysia

Thoas Swallowtail:  Papilio thoas, from Central and South America

Thoas Swallowtail: Papilio thoas, from Central and South America

The Great Mormon Butterfly:  Papillo memnon, from Southeast Asia (Need to double check this, and verify for sure.)

The Great Mormon Butterfly: Papillo memnon, from Southeast Asia (Need to double check this, and verify for sure.)

The Great Egg Fly Butterfly:  Hypolimnas bolina, from Malaysia

The Great Egg Fly Butterfly: Hypolimnas bolina, from Malaysia

Common Crow Butterfly:  Euploea modesta, from Asia

Common Crow Butterfly: Euploea modesta, from Asia

Butterflies from around the world

Over the last few years, I have really enjoyed learning more about butterflies from around the world. One of the greatest ways to do this is to read of course, but if you don't have the opportunity to travel to different countries, you can visit a butterfly house. When I travel around, I keep an eye out if there is a local butterfly exhibit, or butterfly conservatory, garden, etc. I am sharing some of the pictures I have captured at these times. I hope you can get a glimpse of what I have seen and learned.

First picture is of an Indian Leaf Butterfly, and it is called that in part because when the butterfly is closed, you see what looks like a dead leaf. It's a great camouflage for such a brightly colored butterfly. A master of disguise, I wish I had the other side of the butterfly to show you. but it literally looks like a dead leaf. Down to the leaf like veins and smudges, its an incredible creation. Indian leaf butterflies live in a hostile environment. They can escape detection by disappearing into the scenery. They like tropical forests, in Pakistan, India, and are also found in southern China and Taiwan.

Isabella, is the name of the second butterfly you see there. It also goes by Euiedes isabella. It has long and fairly narrow wings, with black, orange, yellow and sometimes a white coloring. The Isabella loves passionflowers. After the can shaped eggs change colors from cream to black and hatch, the caterpillar also goes through some color changes. It begins with a spiny, black and white head, and some orange. From there it changes a couple more times, and does something very interesting when it goes to the chrysalis stage. It seems to have tentacles that are ivory colored, that happen to look just like the passion flower tendrils, the favorite host plant. I saw a picture of that, and it is just incredible to me. If I can find one to share here, I will. It looks like something from out of this world. Once the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis, its easy to tell if its a male or a female. If the antennae are yellow, its a female. If they are black, its a male. Something that is neat to know when you are observing them. They are active in the daylight hours and love tropical forests from Mexico through Brazil. The wingspan is anywhere from 2 1/4 inches to 3 inches.

The butterfly with the bright blue colors in it, is the Blue Morpho butterfly. They are truly spectacular in their coloring. Its a metallic blue that seems to sparkle and glisten in the sunlight. There have been some amazon tribe that thought that they were a part of the sky, that had fallen to earth. For this particular butterfly, the colors are not from the scales on their wings, as much as from reflected light. The scales on blue morphos are covered with tiny bumps and crevices that then act as prisms, which refracts the sunlight and gives off an electric blue sheen. How beautiful! When a bird or predator comes close, blue morphos can flash their wings and startle the bird long enough to get away usually. The sudden flash of color seems to startle the predator. Naturalists have found that if they go to a jungle clearing and wave around a blue piece of cloth, that soon after male blue morphos will come around to investigate. Females of this species sometimes have more colors, including shades of yellow, orange and brown. They can be found in tropical forests in Central and South America. Their wing span is fairly large, 5-6 inches across. These are an incredible butterfly to watch, and are among my favorite.

The black and white butterfly, is called The Paper Kite, or Large Tree Nymph. The other name for it is Idea leuconoe. This butterfly likes the seashore and mangrove swamps. It likes to fly during the day in tropical forests . Locations you can find this butterfly are Thailand to Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan. There are about 22 recorded subspecies of this butterfly, but all look pretty similar. As they age, their white color yellows a bit, and their black markings fade to gray. Wingspan is about 3 3/4 - 4 1/2 inches long.

The Clipper butterfly, also known as Parthenos sylvia, appears to have 4 legs instead of the typical six, for a butterfly. The legs are just very tiny, but are there. Clippers have tiger like markings, but there is a variety that have a very beautiful variety with metallic blue wings. Its favorite plant is lantana. These butterflies were discovered in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific. Being a very strong flier, Clippers have a wider range that extends from India to Sri Lanka, to Malaysia, and from Papau New Guinea to Australia. They love tropical forests, and their wings span 4 to 4 1/2 inches across.

The Tailed Jay, also known as the Green Jay has very beautiful colored bright green spots. It also goes by Graphium agamemnon, and is found in the Philippines. This butterfly is a fast flying one and is a favorite among butterfly lovers. The wings are solid black, with an interesting pattern of green spots. Its a more dramatic form of camouflage. In the jungle, predators can mistake the spots for sunlight shining through leaves. The spots fade to yellow after the butterfly dies. The eggs are laid by females, one at a time on custard apple family of plants, Annonaceae. Since the time between hatching and chrysalis is longer, there is a built in defense mechanism so that the Green Jay doesn't get eaten while in caterpillar stage. It has a built in organ behind its head that can produce an odor that is very unpleasant to would be predators. It is called an osmeterium, and looks similar to the tongue of a snake. If in danger, the caterpillar extends organ, and it drives off the predator. They love custard apple, which grows well in the tropics. They love tropical forests and lowlands. You can find them in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Their wing span is about 4 inches across.

The Emerald Swallowtail or Papilio palinurus, can often go by a few other names as well. It might be called the Banded Peacock, Burmese Banded Peacock, moss peacock, green moss peacock or Princeps palinurus. They are from southeast Asia area. I think the green colors that seem to have an inner light and glitter effect are so beautiful.

The Malachite Butterfly, or Siproeta Stelenes can also go by the name Pearly Malachite. It can be found in Costa Rica, Brazil, and some southern parts of Florida and Texas in the United States. This green is equally beautiful in color, just different and more matte colored than the Emerald Swallowtail.

The Owl, or Banded Owl Butterfly are so amazing in that they have that built in defense mechanism of the appearance of a large eyeball on its wings. This is extremely startling to predators that think the owner of such an eye must be a much larger creature than just a fragile butterfly! These beauties are from Central and South America, and are officially called Caligo Eurilochus.

Many of these butterflies are attracted to the nectar of many exotic flowers. Some of them, like to land on little plates of fruit that have been set out. The fruits are out in the open, warm moist air, and you can imagine they begin to get even more of a smell about them, which is very appealing to these butterflies. It like trying to recreate the scenario that would be found in a rain forest, where fruits ripen on their trees or bushes, and eventually fall off, and break open. What the butterfly then finds is a very syrupy sweet treat! They also may like sugar water, and need lots of moisture. I often see grapes put out, cut in half and just laid open there, next to the plaintains, or bananas and other fruits.

If you ever do your own butterfly garden, it has been suggested that you can do this on your own to attract butterflies to your area. If you have a way to do that doesn't attract lots of other ants and what not, why not try it?

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you learned something new that you didn't know before. Please check back, as I hope to add more butterflies in the future. I will add to this hub, and any new information I find. If you ever get the chance to see these beautiful creatures, please do, and enjoy the wonderful beauty they bring to our world.

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Comments

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 18, 2019:

Hello @Cygne, thank you for your comment. I am so glad you like the article. I think it is wonderful you are a lepidopterist, and that you talk to people about it. The world of butterflies is fascinating! Thank you for reading and commenting. Paula

Cygne. on November 17, 2019:

I truly loved this article. Not only it it a marvelous source of information for people learning about the butterfly, it is a simple joy to read. To add to that, I know for a fact that nearly all of this information was accurate. Being a lepidopterist, I know haw amazing these creatures are. Many people look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them what I am, but simple articles like these make me feel less alone in the world. :)

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on February 06, 2014:

Thank you for your comment. It is always nice to hear from a fellow butterfly lover that enjoys learning more about them.

kgvyshnavi@gmail.com on December 27, 2013:

wonderful.i love butterflies and i also love to learn more about them

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on September 01, 2013:

To the question about the black and pink butterfly, I wonder if it is a variation on the Scarlet Mormon butterfly? If you look up images, and compare the patterns of the markings that may help as well. They have distinct patterns. I have seen the Scarlet Mormon's red markings look very pink in some photos, and even in person at times in a conservatory. Simply beautiful!

m51young on April 21, 2013:

I have seen a pic of a black and pink butterfly on a facebook page and loved it. I don't know if it is photoshopped on the color but maybe you can identify it and clear it up for me. I have the pic in my computer file.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on May 13, 2012:

Thank you for your comment, and I am glad you love the pictures!

Mistery on April 17, 2012:

Hi i love the picture but on this website dont you think its a good idea to put more butterflies on it

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 27, 2012:

Hello Scorpgirl, thank you so much. I also love flying butterflies and think they do bring such beauty to our world. I wonder where you live that you have such a display of different colors of butterflies right now to enjoy! Our season isn't to that point yet, but will be in the next several weeks and especially later on in summer time.

I hope you continue to enjoy your different butterflies that you have there. The black and orange one sounds like a type of swallowtail perhaps, and the yellow one sounds like a sulphur type of butterflies. The monarchs are always a joy to behold! I wish you the best.

scorpgirl on March 27, 2012:

such amazing pictures. Love them flying butterflies. Bring such beauty to this world. We have Marnarchs and yellow ones here and today i seen a black and orange one. Wish i knew the name of them. Thank you for sharing. :)

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 19, 2012:

Hello Imran, There is incredible beauty in the creation, and I am so thankful to the Creator who made it all. So glad you stopped by and left a comment. I am happy there are other butterfly lovers out there. :)

imran on January 19, 2012:

ofcourse there reamaining some incredible beauty into the creation of the creator

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 06, 2011:

Michael, I totally hear you there. Nothing that has been made by humans has ever come so close to bringing such cheer and joy and beauty as nature has been able to. There is just a whole other level that man cannot begin to touch, and yet mankind can appreciate and enjoy it all. How wonderful a gift of life to us all. Thank you so much for your comment and visit here. :)

Peggy, Thanks so much for your visit, and your hub sounds great. I am not familiar (if you can believe it) with how to link link hubs together like you mentioned. Butterflies are a true passion of mine, and I am so glad you found one of my butterfly hubs. This is my biggest one I think, it has the most photos, information etc. I am so glad you liked it. I can share a link, if that is what you mean? Have a great day! :) Paula

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

I wrote a hub on the Cockrell Butterfly Center in Houston which shows butterflies flying freely and also hatching...but did not identify the different types as you did in this wonderful hub. What would you think of linking our hubs together? As you say, butterfly centers introduce people to seeing many more than they would ordinarily see in their home gardens and environments. Up, useful and beautiful votes.

Michael on November 04, 2011:

It is the beauty of the earth-creatures with life fly around cheering people on earth. There is no robot or man made machine that cheer people and bring people to calm and satisfy comfort.Let them free as we people are also free: Amen

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on October 23, 2011:

NP Queen, thank you for the visit and your comment. :)

Andrebreynolds, thank you very much! I appreciate that!

PegCole17, thank you for your comment. I enjoy it when they come back like that, I think its awesome. They must love your garden!

Phoenix, thank you!

PhoenixV from USA on September 19, 2011:

I was looking at this again and its just a super hub really, excellent job!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 16, 2011:

Such lovely creatures! I have one that comes back year after year and hovers back and forth around the same area of the yard each time.

andrebreynolds on July 08, 2011:

Very fun and interesting hub on butterflies. The photos are very clear.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 03, 2011:

Hello Docmo, thank you very much for your kind words! So glad you learned more about these butterflies and thank you for the visit as well.

NP.QUEEN from Dubai on February 23, 2011:

Hi oceansnsunsets,

Beautiful butterflies......Thank you for sharing this hub.You are always welcome to go through my hubs also.

Mohan Kumar from UK on February 05, 2011:

This is a brilliant hub - learnt so much about these beauties. The pictures complemented the words nicely. Well researched and written. voted up & awesome!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on February 03, 2011:

Hello Suzetteboston, thank you so much for your kind words! I am happy you stopped by my butterfly hub! :)

suzetteboston on January 23, 2011:

Wonderful article and outstanding pictures.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 05, 2011:

Thank you, KLeichester!

KLeichester on January 05, 2011:

That's a nice hub. Thanks for sharing!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 03, 2011:

Thank you very much MellowDayLondon, you just made my day. :)

MellowDayLondon from South Africa on January 03, 2011:

I really enjoy reading your Hubs. Well written and informative.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 27, 2010:

Merilyn, Thank you! I would love to go to Cebu City Philippines one day to see the that butterfly sanctuary, it sounds wonderful. Thanks for your comment.

merilyn on November 27, 2010:

Great pictures! What beautiful butterflies! If you can come to Cebu City, Philippines, you can visit the Jumalon museum where Professor Julian Jumalon's children have set up a butterfly sanctuary and artworks (like pictures of distinguished persons) made with a mosaic of butterfly wings. With your talent

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 27, 2010:

Timonweller, thank you very much! I totally agree with what you said about butterflies. Thanks for the comment.

timonweller on November 26, 2010:

Congrats on the awesome hub, butterflies are definitely one of the most amazing creatures on the planet. Nice pics as well.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 15, 2010:

Brightforyou, you just made my day, thank you very much for your kind words. This is truly a joy of mine to study butterflies and moths.

Helen Lewis from Florida on November 15, 2010:

What a truly beautiful hub. Thank you for all the hard work, research, fabulous photos and commitment to excellence - Wonderful!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 04, 2010:

Thank you Phoenix.

PhoenixV from USA on November 02, 2010:

great hub

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on October 09, 2010:

Varenya, thank you! I love the colors and amazing designs and colors too.

Varenya on June 30, 2010:

Very lovable hub, I really enjoyed the reading and the amazing pictures. I definitely love all the butterfly species; once I saw a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly of many colours: really, an amazing scene!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on June 16, 2010:

Awcase, thank you so much! I really appreciate it, and am always so happy to see you. There are so many more butterflies too, its like an amazing art show, with the prettiest art.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on June 16, 2010:

Pamela, thank you very much for coming by and your comment! Yes I totally agree, its amazing that they are real, yet look too intricate to paint almost. They are like sunsets, like you said, and its like the prettiest art of all.

awcase on June 15, 2010:

OMG I Love this. there are so many butterflies in the world and I do have to tell you they are all beautiful. I saw this hub and after reading it I am going to share it with others. Thank you so much for sharing this Ocean. =)

Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on June 12, 2010:

It's really commendable -- how much you have learned about butterflies. I love butterflies. Thanks for sharing this knowledge in one nice hub as you've done. The photographs are wonderful.

I have a book of field photos of butterflies and so I'd seen most of these before but only laid out flat -- not like this on foliage. Two of the butterflies you've shared are so exquisite and yet don't look real. The paper kite (green) and the Common Mormon with the pink on it are the ones I'm referring to. I know they are real because these are photos. It's like some sunsets. They are so beautiful, but look so artistically planned that if you were to paint them EXACTLY as they look, the painting would look unrealistic. Amazing.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on June 07, 2010:

Nifty, that sounds just lovely. I love to go to places like that, and never ever bore of them. As for hummingbirds, I would love to get pictures of those amazing little creatures. Thank you for stopping by.

nifty@50 on June 07, 2010:

Very nice pictures, they have a Butterfly house at Callaway Gardens where you can see many species of Butterflies outside you may be able to take pictures of some of the Humming birds! Thanks for sharing

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