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5 of the most fascinating butterflies

Updated on April 29, 2012

From egg, to caterpillar (or larva), to pupa (or chrysalis) and from the pupa the butterfly emerges in her unfurling beauty. Considering this whole change happens in about a month, this tiny creature undergoes a massive amount of transition. Imagine, that would happen to you. I personally think that humans would freak out! Butterflies are not only a symbol of transformation, but also one of the most fascinating and beautiful animals.


Let me present you some of the most amazing butterflies in the world:


Greta Oro - Glasswing butterfly

Rare and one of the most exquisite butterflies, Greta oro can be found in rainforests from Mexico to Panama. Its wings, spanning up to 6 centimetres, are almost completely transparent. The only way you can see them, are the dark, orangish borders. The Spanish name for the glasswing is ,,espejitos,'' which means little mirrors.



Coenophlebia archidona

Coenophlebia archidona can be seen in Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Easily mistaken for a dead leaf, this butterfly is master of disguise. Its characteristics include very rapid and strong flight.



Papilio rumanzovia - Scarlet Mormon

A striking butterfly of the Australasia ecozone which includes Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Indonesia and Celebes. The wingspan of this fashionable butterfly is 12 - 14 centimetres.




Morpho menelaus - Blue morpho butterly

Named after a king of Ancient Sparta Menelaus, this tropical butterfly can be found in the rain forests of South America. Blue morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches. The entire life cycle of the Morpho butterfly is approximately 115 days. Their beauty is also their curse. They attract humans, who often hunt them for jewelry and art displays.




Ornithoptera alexandrae - Queen Alexandra's birdwing

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With a wingspan up to 31 cm, the female is the largest butterfly in the world. Males are slightly smaller and can reach a wingspan of 20 cm. You can find them in northern Papua New Guinea's rain forest.The caterpillars eat pipevine plant, which contains poison. This makes the adult butterfly toxic, and if predators dare to eat it, they get sick.

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing was named In 1907 by Lord Walter Rotshild in honour of Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.

Which one is your favourite?

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      happyhobby 4 years ago

      i like the glasswing, i also have bias with blue butterflies. if scarlet mormon is in then common rose should also be in.

      i think one of the pictures in this blog

      http://mindnetworks.blogspot.com/2013/09/picture-o...

      is also a scarlet mormon

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      Tina Hope 5 years ago from UK

      You are welcome! We learn something new every day:). I'm glad you like them!

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago from US

      I had not heard of these butterflies before. Love the blue one and the glass wing one...thank you!