Rice paper, Tree Nymph butterfly (Idea leuconoe)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Idea
Species: leuconoe

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On Mar 20, 2008, debnes_dfw_tx from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

a.k.a. Rice Paper Butterfly, Large Tree Nymph
All over Asia
The larval wood nymphs are similar to monarch caterpillars in that they feed on plants in the Apocenaceae (dogbane) and Asclepiadaceae (milkweed) families. Also like the monarchs, giant wood nymphs are distasteful to predators, and they derive this protection from the toxins produced by their host plants.

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On Aug 30, 2006, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

The rice paper butterfly, also called the paper kite butterfly, wood nymph, or tree nymph (Idea leuconoe) is a distinctive black and white butterfly. The wingspan is 95 to 110 cm across. The chrysalis is yellow with black markings. It is from Southeast Asia.