15x15x6cm frame (black, underside)
Batesia hypochlora, or the Painted Beauty, is found in the upper Amazon basin of Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, in primary rainforest at altitudes of between about 200 and 1200m. They are most often seen basking with wings outspread, usually near the base of a tree in small shaded forest glades. When disturbed they normally fly high up into the trees, but usually return to ground level a few minutes later.
This butterfly has been prepared in the UK to museum standards and is displayed in a deep handmade shadowbox frame, mounted on white conservation-grade foam. The back of the frame is covered in really special Italian decorative paper, with a brass hook for hanging it on the wall (but it also stands perfectly on a mantlepiece or a table). It is completely sealed inside the frame and will last for generations.
The adults feed on the juices of rotting fruits, wounds in trees, and occasionally fresh mammal dung.
Please note that it should be kept out of direct sunlight as the colour comes from pigmentation of the scales, rather than refraction, and it will naturally fade if it spends too long in the sun.