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
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
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.