Rare Butterflies. 13 Most Beautiful and Rare Butterflies

We all love to see butterflies. These are brightly colored flying insects with two pairs of large wings that vary in color and pattern. They come in a variety of sizes from blue pygmy having a wingspan of just over half an inch to New Guinea’s Queen Alexandra’s birdwing with wingspan up to twelve inches. Do you know? the average lifespan for an adult butterfly is just 20 to 40 days.

Common Blue Butterfly

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It is a small butterfly named Polyommatus icarus in the family Lycaenidae. It is commonly found in meadows or open, hilly areas throughout Europe. Its wingspan is 3 to 3.5 cm. The male wings are iridescent blue with a white fringe and the female is usually brown with orange spots on the outer edges of the wing. Sometimes females have a blue coloration to the wings in some areas.

Common Blue Morpho

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Common Blue Morpho (Polyommatus icarus) is a kind of Common Blue Butterfly. Its wings are bright blue, edged with black. It is one amongst the largest butterflies in the world with wings spanning from five to eight inches.Their clear, iridescent blue coloring is a result of the microscopic scales on the backs of their wings, which reflect light. On the contrary, the underside of their wing is a dull brown color with many eye spots. So when the wings are closed the dull color provides camouflage against birds and insects. The males’ wings are brighter in color and broader than the females.

Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa Cardui)

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Vanessa Cardui is a widespread butterfly found in temperate and some tropical areas. Painted Lady Butterfly is also known as thistle butterfly and the cosmopolitan, because it is so widespread, occurring in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Its wingspan is 5.1-7.3 cm. It belongs to the family Nymphalidae.

Camberwell Beauty/Mourning Cloak Butterfly

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The mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) butterfly is also known by the name Camberwell beauty in England. Its larvae is often known as spiny elm caterpillars. They are gregarious in habit and feed principally on elm, willow, and poplar foliage.

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  1. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On December 2, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Wow…these are truly amazing.


  2. Angela Ohm Says...

    On December 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Well written article. Beautiful pictures ! Thank you for sharing ! :)


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