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Butterfly
Location: Singapore
February 20, 2012 11:59 pm
hello, i was wondering what this beautiful butterfly was – it’s gorgeous!
Signature: Cassia

Mangrove Tree Nymph

Hi Cassia,
This really is a gorgeous butterfly, and we suspected it is one of the relatives of the Monarch in the subfamily Danainae.  Our suspicions proved correct, and our first potential identification hit came on the Butterfly Craze webpage where we found a photo of the Mangrove Tree Nymph.  The real shock was reading this on
Butterfly Craze:  “MANGROVE TREE NYMPH:  This species was thought to have gone extinct from Singapore.  Already a very rare butterfly even in Malaysia, The Mangrove Tree Nymph is a seashore species known to only make its appearance deep in mangrove swamp vegetation.  Although there were several unconfirmed reports of its sighting at Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong in the late 80’s, no confirmed observation of its existence was obtained until recently, where this photograph of the species was taken with a digital camera. It was indeed a pleasant surprise to record the existence of Idea leuconoe chersonesia in Singapore.   Mangrove Tree Nymph is a black and white butterfly like the other species of the genus Idea, but the marginal and submarginal spots are conjoined to form an irregular black band, and the wing bases are yellow-tinted.  Like the other Idea species, the butterfly glides gracefully amongst the treetops and floats like a piece of paper.  The butterfly is believed to be distasteful to predators.”  The Butterfly Circle website has much of the same information.  FlickR lists the common name Rice Paper Butterfly and notes:  “Idea leuconoe chersonesia is a black and white butterfly like the other species of the genus Idea, but the marginal and submarginal spots are conjoined to form an irregular black band, and the wing bases are yellow-tinted. Like the other Idea species, the butterfly glides gracefully amongst the treetops and floats like a piece of paper. The butterfly is believed to be distasteful to predators.”

thank you so much for replying – and so quickly too!
that’s amazing, I really must be lucky to have seen one! it certainly was the largest butterflies, i’ve ever seen and the way it flew was hypnotising!
thank you so much,
Cassia

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Singapore

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