Large Tree Nymph

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Large Tree Nymph

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The paper kite, rice paper, or large tree nymph butterfly (Idea leuconoe) is known especially for its presence in butterfly greenhouses and live butterfly expositions. The paper kite is of Southeast Asian origin.

Larvae feed on Parsonsia species, Tylophora hispida, Parsonsia helicandra, Parsonsia spiralis, and Cynanchum formosanum.
This species, Idea leuconoe, from tropical southeast Asia is a close cousin to our own familiar monarch butterfly.  Its distinctive slow and floppy flight and large size make this one of the showiest species in the Center.  The name �Rice paper� comes from the translucent quality of the wings.  It is also sometimes called the �Tree nymph.� 
 

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