|Paper Kite Butterfly – Idea leuconoe|
Captive live butterflies photographed at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago
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Also commonly called Rice Paper Butterfly, Tree Nymph Butterfly
The paper kite is a butterfly found in the tropics with a wingspan of 55-65mm.
Live butterfly exhibits have become very popular in the United States, for obvious reasons. Children love butterflies, adults love butterflies and museums find them easy to raise and maintain – everybody wins. This happy circumstance is also good for the wild butterflies – people who used to go into the rain forest and capture live butterflies, or plunder their eggs and chrysalises now can be set to work on butterfly farms, thereby sparing our wild populations, and providing jobs for many impoverished regions.
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Order Lepidoptera, which contains both butterflies and moths, includes at least 125,000 known species including 12,000 in North America. Butterflies are revered for their brightly colored wings and pleasing association with fair weather and flowers.