Three Great Ideas



Three varieties of the family commonly known as the Paper Kite butterfly, which is a relatively common species in Southeast Asia, occurring in coastal mangrove forest and dense lowland rainforest at altitudes between sea level and about 400m. The flight of these butterflies is graceful and undulating interspersed with heavy flapping due to its large wing-size to body-size ratio.


These butterflies belong to the Danaini tribe (for another example, see the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus), which has an interesting defence mechanism - they deter 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.


From top to bottom:


Idea idea (Seram Island, Indonesia)

Idea blanchardi (Binongko Island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia)

Idea leuconoe gordita (Luzon Island, Philippines)


These butterflies have been prepared in the UK to museum standards and are 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). They are completely sealed inside the frame and will last for generations.

Three Great Ideas

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