The paper kite butterfly, scientifically known as Idea leuconoe, is a popular attraction in butterfly houses and exhibitions due to its striking black and white appearance. With its delicate wings resembling those of a fairy or pixie, this flutterby makes for a cozy addition to any decor style, making it a great gift for butterfly enthusiasts. Measuring 12 to 14 cm if at full wingspan, the paper kite butterfly originates from Southeast Asia but can also be found in Northern Australia and Southern Taiwan (also known as a Rice Paper Butterfly or Large Tree Nymph). Its larvae feed on various plants, including Parsonsia and Cynanchum species, which makes both this butterfly species and it's larvae very poisonous.
The picture showcases an example of the butterfly you will receive, as they are all equally beautiful. The butterfly comes in a floating desktop frame, making it a great addition to your natural oddities and nature artwork collection.
6X6 Inch Black Frame
Any dried butterfly, moth, mantis, and other insect are natural products and therefore not perfect. Not all specimens look exactly the same and therefore slight deviations in patterns and colors are possible. Due to its frail nature, the legs and antennae are not guaranteed intact. If you have any concerns or issues with this item/shipment, please reach out to us through Etsy. Your happiness with your new friend is important to us.
*** ETHICS & ORIGIN ***
Determining the ethical sourcing of insects is a complex issue, and what is considered ethical can vary from person to person. However, we source our insects from trustworthy suppliers who assure us that their specimens are ethically sourced. We take their word for it and strive to promote responsible practices in the insect trade.
Our insect and butterfly specimens are sustainably sourced, farm-raised, and collected ethically after death. Butterfly/Insect farming practices across the globe assist in protecting the natural habitats of these critters from commercial farming and deforestation. This helps to maintain populations of all flora and fauna on the protected land, promoting more habitat for procreation. Moreover, locals in these areas can earn a fair wage through farming while simultaneously preventing deforestation.
*** COLORFUL INSECTS - BUTTERFLY SYMBOLISM & SPIRITUALISM***
White butterflies represent purity and spiritual transformation. There are many folklore stories about white butterflies. Some say they represent good luck and prosperity. Others say their presence is a sign of an angel watching over you. Throughout history, the butterfly has held great significance as a symbol of transformation, hope, and faith. Due to its multiple life cycles - from larva to caterpillar, chrysalis, and finally, a stunning, flying butterfly - it is also associated with rebirth. Butterfly symbolism can represent change, growth, development, a fresh start, and inner peace. If you find yourself frequently encountering butterflies or feeling drawn to them, it may be a positive indication that you should embrace change in your life.