Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tree Nymph Butterfly

There are many names for the tree nymph butterfly, including rice paper butterfly, paper kite butterfly and wood nymph butterfly. The name rice paper butterfly likely comes from the unusual texture of its wings. The way it flits and floats in the air led to the name paper-kite butterfly. The Japanese call it Ogomadara or Lady of the Southern Island. The tree nymph has a wingspan of 37 to 43 inches, making this large black and white insect the largest butterfly in Japan.

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