Achilles Morpho Achilles Morpho African Moon Moth
African Moon Moth, Argema mimosae, is a large silk moth in the family Saturniidae and native to South Africa.
An adult can measure 10 to 12 centimetres across its wingspan and 12 to 14 centimetres from head to the tip of its elongated second pair of wings. It is emerald green with yellow and red eye-spots on the wings.
African Swallowtail African Swallowtail Arctid Moth Asian Swallowtail Asian Swallowtail Atlas Moth Blue Blue (Female) Blue (Female) Blue-Frosted banner Blue Frosted Banner, Catonephele numilia, also known variously as Blue-frosted Catone, Grecian Shoemaker and Stoplight Catone. The male, pictured, is black with six red spots on the upperside of the wings. The female of the species is black with a light yellow stripe across the fore wings and vertical white flashes in the centre of the wings. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Catonephele Species: C. numilia Brimstone Brimstone Burnet Companion Burnet Companion Burnet Companion Cairns Birdwing Cairns Birdwing Cairns Birdwing Cairns Birdwing Clipper Clipper, blue sub-species Clipper, blue sub-species Clouded yellow Clouded Yellow Clouded Yellow Comma Comma Comma Crimson-speckled Flunkey The Crimson-speckled Flunkey is an Arctid moth of the family Arctiidae and is found in Africa, Southern Europe, Central and Southern Asia and Australia. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Arctiidae Genus: Utetheisa Species: U. pulchella Cydno Longwing Cydno Longwing, Heliconius cydno, is a nymphalid butterfly found mainly between Mexico and the northern part of South America. It is basically black with large white stripes on the wings and a bit of red on its body. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Heliconius Species: H. cydno Cydno Longwing Diadem Diadem Diadem Dirce Beauty The Dirce Beauty, Colobura dirce, also known as the Mosaic or, for no discernible reason as far as I can see, the Zebra Mosaic, is native to Central America and the northern part of South America. The upperside of the Dirce Beauty is a browny colour, the underside black and white. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Colobura Species: C. dirce Eri Silkmoth The Eri Silkmoth, or Ricini Moth, Samia cynthia ricini, is a subspecies of the Samia cynthia moth and is found throughout Asia. The wings of the Samia cynthia are different shades of brown with a small eye-spot at the tip of the wing which is meant to distract predators. The body of the moth is white with brown stripes. It has a wingspan of up to 15 centimetres. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Saturniidae Genus: Samia Species: S. cynthia Gatekeeper Gatekeeper (Female) Gatekeeper (male) The Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus, also known as the Hedge Brown, a golden butterfly found throughout England, Wales and the south of Ireland, although more common in the southern areas. The Gatekeeper can usually be found in shrub land near rough grassland, hedgerows, country lanes and similar sites. Family: Nymphalidae Subfamily: Satyrinae Genus: Pyronia Species: tithonus Subspecies: britanniae Glasswinged Butterfly The Glasswinged Butterfly, Greta oto, has translucent wings. The Spanish name for these butterflies is ‘espejitos’, meaning ‘little mirrors’, although they are really more like a window than a mirror. The Glasswinged butterfly has a wingspan of up to around six centimetres. The caterpillars, unlike the butterfly, are green in colour and not at all translucent. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Greta Species: G. oto Great Mormon Great Mormon Great Orange-tip The Great Orange Tip, Hebomoia glaucippe, is a bigger version of the Orange Tip butterfly. It is a member of the same Pieridae family, which basically contains all the yellow and white butterflies, although from a different branch of the family. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Pieridae Genus: Hebomoia Species: H. glaucippe Holly Blue Holly Blue Indian Leaf-wing Indian Leaf Wing Indian Leaf Wing Julia Butterfly
Julia Butterfly, Dryas iulia, is a species of brush-footed butterfly and is also variously known as Julia Heliconian, The Flame or even Flambeau. It is mostly orange with the odd black bits, has a wingspan of up to around nine centimetres and is native to an area from Brazil to southern Texas and Miami. The male is a slightly brighter orange than the female, otherwise very similar. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Dryas Species: D. iulia[/caption] Julia Butterfly King Swallowtail The King Swallowtail or Thoas Swallowtail, Papilio thoas, is a member of the Papilionidae family and has a wingspan of up to 130 millimetres, or 5.12 inches in old money. It is generally Found in the southernmost parts of the United States and Mexico and as far down as the southern parts of South America. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Papilionidae Genus: Papilio Species: P. thoas Lang’s Short-tailed Blue Lang’s Short-tailed Blue Lang’s Short-tailed Blue Large Skipper Large Skipper Large Skipper Large White Large White Large White Malachite The Malachite butterfly, named after the similarly coloured mineral, is a brush-footed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It has large wings that are black and brilliant green or yellow-green on the uppersides and light brown and olive green on the undersides. The wingspan is generally between 8.5 and 10 cm. Adults feed on a healthy diet of flower nectar, rotting fruit, dead animals, and bat dung. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Tribe: Victorinini Genus: Siproeta Species: S. stelenes Malachite Malay Lacewing Malay Lacewing Marbled White Marbled White Marbled White Meadow Brown Meadow Brown Meadow Brown Monarch The Monarch, Danaus plexippus, is a milkweed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. It is the most common butterfly in North America but is also now found in Australia, New Zealand, Canary Islands, Azores and Madeira and is an occasional visitor to mainland Europe. It is a rare visitor to UK shores. The Monarch has a wingspan of up to 10 centimetres and the wings themselves are a distinctive orangey-brown with black veins. The female has significantly darker veins and is slightly smaller than the male. The caterpillar grows to a length of 5 centimetres and has yellow, black, and white stripes. Its head is also striped with yellow and black. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Tribe: Danaini Genus: Danaus Species: D. plexippus Monarch Mother of Pearl moth Mother of Pearl Mother of Pearl Mother Shipton Mother Shipton Mother Shipton Orange-tip Orange Tip (Male) Orange Tip Owl Owl Butterfly Owl Butterfly Paper Kite Paper Kite The Paper Kite, (also known as Rice Paper or Large Tree Nymph), Idea leuconoe, originates from southeast Asia and is also often found in butterfly parks and greenhouses throughout the world. It has a wingspan of up to 15 centimetres and although it is only black and white in colour, is quite a striking butterfly, especially with the reflections of light from surrounding vegetation. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Idea Species: I. leuconoe Paper Kite Peacock Peacock Peacock Peacock Peleides Blue Morpho Peleides Blue Morpho Peleides Blue Morpho Plume Moth Plume Moth Postman This is the Common Postman, or simply Postman, Heliconius melpomene. Unless of course it is a Red Postman mimicking a Postman, as they apparently often do! There are a number of butterflies that mimic other butterflies which can sometimes make accurately identifying some of them quite tricky. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Heliconius Species: H. melpomene Postman Red Admiral Red Admiral Red Postman Red Postman This is the Red Postman, Heliconius erato, also variously known as the Small Postman, the Red Passion Flower Butterfly or the Crimson-patched Longwing. It’s wingspan is up to around 8 centimetres and it is one of the few butterflies that collects and digests pollen, something you would think they’d all do as it makes them live a lot longer, in this case several months. The Red Postman does vary its colour depending upon location, mimicking other similar butterflies. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Heliconius Species: H. erato Ringlet Ringlet Ringlet Sara Longwing This rather colourful butterfly is the Sara Longwing, Heliconius sara, a species of neotropical heliconiid butterfly usually found all the way from Mexico to the Amazon Basin and southern Brazil. The wing surface is black with a large patch of metallic blue and two bands of white on the forewings. It has a wingspan of 55–60 mm. The lifespan of adults is two to three months. Order: Lepidoptera Division: Rhopalocera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Heliconius Species: H. sara Sara Longwing Scarlet Mormon Scarlet Mormon Scarlet Mormon Shaded Broad-bar Moth Shaded Broad-bar Moth Silver-washed Fritillary Silver-Washed Fritillary Skipper Skipper Skipper Small White The Small White butterfly, pieris rapae, inhabits open country and cultivated land all over Europe. The female apparently has two spots and the male lacks a spot on the upper side of the forewing. Family: Pieridae Subfamily: Pierinae Genus: Pieris Species: rapae Small Copper Small Copper Small Copper Small Tortoiseshell Small Tortoiseshell Small Tortoiseshell Spanish Festoon Spanish Festoon Tailed jay Tailed Jay Tiger Longwing The Tiger Longwing or Golden Helicon as it is also known, Heliconius hecale, is a quite distinctive and attractive medium-sized butterfly native to Mexico and the area down as far as the Peruvian Amazon. The Heliconius genus comprises a number of colourful brush-footed butterflies, such as the Postman, Zebra Longwing, Red Postman and Sara Longwing to name but one. Order: Lepidoptera Division: Rhopalocera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Heliconius Species: H. hecale Tiger Longwing Transandean Cattleheart Wall Brown Wall Brown 5-spot Burnet 5-Spot Burnet 5 spot Burnet Zebra Longwing The Zebra Longwing, Heliconius charithonia, is found throughout much of North, Central and South America and also in the Caribbean. This butterfly has a relatively long lifespan, around three months as an adult, and this makes it a popular choice for butterfly parks and greenhouses. The Zebra Longwing was declared the official butterfly for the state of Florida in the United States in 1996. Order: Lepidoptera Family: Nymphalidae Genus: Heliconius Species: H. charithonia 6-spot Burnet 6 spot Burnet