Paper Kite (Idea leuconoe)


 
Living image of a Paper Kite on a plant, side view with wings folded Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: Asia. Thailand to Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan.
 
Wingspan: 95-108 mm (3.75-4.5 in).
 
Larval host plants: Parsonsia spp., Cynanchum spp., and Tylophora spp.
 
Habitats: Largely costal in mangrove swamps.
 
Identification: Very large wings that are translucent white with distinctive black markings. Wings are often yellowing toward the base.
 
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Paper Kite
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