Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Butterflies

One of those things that you always remember in your life that doesn’t matter where you were or what age you were, is seeing your first butterfly, or more importantly catching your first butterfly! To open my hands and see that beautiful creature I had trapped inside of them is something that is a pure joy to remember. But it seems the butterfly’s that I remember chasing and playing with as a child are nothing compared to this lot…


Top 10 Amazing and Unusual Butterflies


Morpho (Morpho Menelaus)
Morpho (Morpho Menelaus)

10 – Morpho (Morpho Menelaus)

WIKI: A Morpho butterfly may be one of over 80 species of butterflies in the genus Morpho. They are Neotropical butterflies found mostly in South America as well as Mexico and Central America

Golden Marking Swallowtail Butterfly (Teinopalpus imperialis)
Golden Marking Swallowtail Butterfly (Teinopalpus imperialis)

9 – Golden Marking Swallowtail Butterfly (Teinopalpus imperialis)

WIKI: The Kaiser-i-Hind is a rare species of swallowtail butterfly found from Nepal and north India east to north Vietnam. The common name literally means “Emperor of India”

Red-Spotted Apollo Butterfly (Parnassius apollo)
Red-Spotted Apollo Butterfly (Parnassius apollo)

8 – Red-Spotted Apollo Butterfly (Parnassius apollo)

WIKI: This species is of interest to entomologists due to the variety of subspecies, often only restricted to a specific valley in the Alps. The beautiful Apollo butterfly has long been prized by collectors, who aim to possess as many of the variants as possible.

Crimson Rose swallowtail butterfly (Pachliopta hector)
Crimson Rose swallowtail butterfly (Pachliopta hector)

7 – Crimson Rose swallowtail butterfly (Pachliopta hector)

WIKI: It is a very striking looking tailed butterfly with prominent white bands on its forewings. Like the Common Rose, this butterfly is also very interesting for the amateur naturalist to observe. The Crimson Rose is very fond of flowers, especially Lantana.Nectar appears to be essential for the butterfly and a higher nectar intake is thought to increase egg production.

Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana)
Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana)

6 – Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana)

WIKI: Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing is a distinctive black and electric-green birdwing butterfly from the rainforests in the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna, Sumatra, and various small islands west of Sumatra.

The Sylphina Angel (Chorinea sylphina)
The Sylphina Angel (Chorinea sylphina)

5 – The Sylphina Angel (Chorinea sylphina)

WIKI: The Sylphina Angel is a species of butterfly of the Riodinidae family. It is found in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Adults fly in full sunshine but occasionally settle beneath the leaves of bushes.

The White Dragontail (Lamproptera curius)
The White Dragontail (Lamproptera curius)

4 – The White Dragontail (Lamproptera curius)

WIKI: The White Dragontail is a species of swallowtail native to parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia. It belongs to the Dragontails genus, Lamproptera, of the Swallowtail family.

The 88 butterfly (Callicore)
The 88 butterfly (Callicore)

3 – The 88 butterfly (Callicore)

WIKI: Species in this genus are commonly called “eighty-eights like the related genera Callicore and Perisama, in reference to the characteristic patterns on the hindwing undersides of many. In Diaethria, the pattern consists of black dots surrounded by concentric white and black lines and typically looks like the numbers “88” or “89”.

Blue Clipper butterfly (Parthenos sylvia)
Blue Clipper butterfly (Parthenos sylvia)

2 – Blue Clipper butterfly (Parthenos sylvia)

WIKI: The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia, mostly in forested areas. The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapping stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

The Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto)
The Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto)

1 –  The Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto)

WIKI: The Glasswinged butterfly is a brush-footed butterfly and is a member of the subfamily Danainae, tribe Ithomiini, subtribe Godyridina. G. oto adults also exhibit a number of interesting behaviours, such as long migrations and lekking among males.

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  3. Thank you for putting together such a beautiful collection of butterflies. I will definately share this post with my daughter who also loves nature. She’s a self described “nature collector.”

  4. Enjoyed this post!! Although all are beautiful, the two with the translucent wings were just spectacular. I had an opportunity to visit a butterfly house in Cypress Gardens, Florida some years ago and enjoyed it immensely. This past fall, I was able to photograph the migrating monarchs (butterflies, not your royals) as they traveled south down the Atlantic coast of the United States. It was a real treat!!

  5. You’re welcome – they are well deserved!

    Came up with “Child Unit” shortly after my first one was born – – somehow, just isn’t doesn’t sound as demeaning as “Rug Rat” – –
    “Crazy Lady” is how they refer to me – :>)

  6. Well I must do something – your gifts brighten my day – what cretin would leave ya hanging without at least a kind word? And the child Unit joins in the kudos! He really liked the modified Nerf guns – R2D2 was his favorite too!
    Have a great day (or not – It IS a free country…. :>)

  7. 3 and 1 are my favourites. Actually I had to catch a butterfly the other day, it had made its way into our office somehow. Was good fun! It whisked its merry way into the air shortly afterwards.

  8. I think there is a gallery option when it comes to images, but sadly I think it is all theme related so it might not show up. Shame really as I am sure they are beautiful.

  9. Of course! I’ve got some beauties. I am trying to figure out how to post pictures but they won’t show up. Do you know, in general, if all the posts have to have the same format? And how do I know what the formats will look like? I’ve tried them all but nothing changes. I’d also like to have a gallery of my photos but want to copyright them. I’ll get there.

  10. don’t worry of not many people coming…my blog has not many visitors as well… but I don’t wait for people to come…I’ll keep on doing it for myself..

    keep on posting….do it for your own pleasure now and you never will have thousands of traffic on your chart 😀

  11. Very nice! I’d love to see the Sylphina Angel in the sunshine. I got married in a butterfly conservatory. Such a delicate, calming, wondrous creature. I really enjoy the variety and care for facts that your posts bring.

  12. I love this post! Made me think of going to the butterfly pavilion at the Phoenix Botanical Gardens and experiencing all the gentle fluttering of woozy butterflies bobbing around in the heat. My favorite in this is definitely the blue clipper. So pretttttyyy

  13. Why Russ, it’s so nice to see you feminine side ^_^ I love them all. Reminds me when my sister and I went to Vegas a few Springs ago and at the Bellagio they had an amazing Butterfly and Flower show.

  14. Awesome and beautiful choice for a “Top Ten” post! Can’t pick a favorite – they are all so beautiful –
    Reminded me of Nat Geo’s Great Migrations episode that followed the Monarch – imagine, 3 generations to fly north and one Super Generation to make it all the way back south in one super lifetime- – amazing- If we humans could do that, then every 3rd generation would live long enough to clean up the messes of the previous three….

  15. those are awesome pictures! I liked them all especially that clear-winged butterfly…unique creature of its own…nice sharing Russell 🙂

  16. She didn’t collect real butterflies, but anything that had to do with butterflies. Earrings, hair clips, rings, necklaces, plates, etc. She said they reminded her of Transformation. Very lovely woman, my mother.

  17. everything is better with bacon! even butterfly’s! I mean who wouldn’t want to visit far away places just for a butterfly?? I’m in!!

  18. Looking at these photos, two words come to mind…
    delicate + detailed.
    Butterflies are self propelled flowers ― R.H. Heinlein
    **a lovely read on a snowy winter’s day ;)**

  19. Let’s go to the places where these flutterbys are and see them for real! I love all of them. I’m easy that way 😉

  20. I love butterfly pictures! Always on the search for those on my picture and art blog! The Glasswinged one is fantastic, and I go on Deviantart a lot, but have never seen that one before! 😀

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