Idea leuconoe gordita
20x15x6cm frame (black, landscape)
The Paper Kite butterfly is a relatively common species in south-east Asia, occurring in coastal mangrove forest and dense lowland rainforest at altitudes between sea level and about 400m. Its flight is graceful and undulating interspersed with heavy flapping due to its large wing-size to body-size ratio.
Idea leuconoe gordita belongs to the Danaini tribe (for another example, see the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus), and deters predators with a chemical substance known as "danaidone," which makes them unpalatable. Male butterflies accumulate the danaidone while collecting nectar from plants and pass it along to the female during mating to protect the eggs.