Emerald Swallowtail, or Banded Peacock Butterfly
Emerald Swallowtail resting on a rock
Information about the Banded Peacock or Emerald Swallowtail Butterfly
The Emerald Swallowtail is a very beautiful butterfly. The shimmering emerald color that often literally sparkles on the wings of this butterfly are simply stunning. When the light shines on the wings just right, you can see the emerald color sparkling like jewels. The Emerald Swallowtail goes by some other names, like Papilo palinurus, Burmese Banded Peacock, Moss Peacock, Green Moss Peacock and Princeps palinurus.
You can find these butterflies at some butterfly conservatories, but in nature they are found in Southeast Asia.
Where these butterflies live
More details about the Emerald Swallowtail
The Emerald Swallowtail likes to fly high up in the forest canopy. This makes it difficult to observe naturally in its habitat. If you do get to see them in nature, or are in an area where they may be, try looking more for a "V" shaped green pattern fluttering up high. The emerald swallowtail may stand out more in this way.
The beautiful green color we see comes from two other colors mixed together which you can probably figure out if you just picture a color wheel. The two colors are yellow and blue, and together on the wings of this butterfly it produces a iridescence that is hard to ignore.
Butterflies have a lot of overlapping scales on their wings that make the patterns and colors we see. In this case, there is a yellow coloring at the bottom of very tiny wing scales, and then there is a blue that goes along the edge of each scale. This is what produces the green we see on these beauties.
Unique fact about the colors and scales of the Banded Peacock Butterfly
Something that really struck me was that this method of combining colors in this way, has been used to create the colors on televisions. The idea was patented way back for televisions, and may even be used now to help with anti counterfeiting measures on credit cards, traveler's checks and other bank notes. Isn't it amazing to think the idea started naturally on the wings of a butterfly? I just love nature, and these butterflies may just be one of my favorite.
Emerald Swallowtail or Banded Peacock Butterfly
Have you ever seen an emerald swallowtail or banded peacock butterfly?
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