Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane)

Side view of Leopard Lacewing on a flower Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
Geographic Distribution: Asia (southeast Asia).
Wingspan: 75-85 mm.
Larval host plants: Passiflora spp. (passion flower).
Habitats: Tropical forest.
Identification: Males and females have similar, ornate, lacy patterns on the wings, but males have a bright reddish-orange background color, which is replaced by a brownish color on the topside of the female. Both sexes have a jagged, scalloped border on both forewings and hindwings.
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