Paper Kite Butterfly

The Malabar Tree-nymph or Malabar Tree Nymph (Idea malabarica) is a large butterfly found in peninsular India that belongs to the danaid group of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in forest clearings and above the forest canopy.

So where did the name paper kite come from then?  It came from the fact that these butterflies have a slow, weak and fluttery flight pattern where they glide a lot up high then fluttering lower and back again.  Ah hah!

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18 Responses to Paper Kite Butterfly

  1. bulldog says:

    Told you Flutterbys…

  2. The Dose of Reality says:

    Another butterfly full of detail! How do you do it?! And, when I click on it to see it bigger, I can even see the little pollen grains in the spiky pink plants in the background. It’s like a whole different world opening up I don’t normally see! –Lisa

    • Stealth, skill, luck sometimes and a great macro lens! Just as an extra bit – the red plants are called Fairy Dusters (do you dust fairies with them or do fairies do their dusting with them??). I hope you come back tomorrow because that is when I will feature my final and fave butterfly.

  3. Ingrid says:

    Your close up photography never ceases to amaze me….beautiful 🙂

  4. DeDivahDeals says:

    They are so beautiful…butterflies ARE beautiful and you capture them so well. Happy Fri-Yay!!

  5. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    Just wonderful work here.

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