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Also known as the Paper Kite the Rice Paper or the White Nymph butterfly
During courtship, males and females Tree Nymphs fly together for long periods, and the male extends two brush-like organs (known as hair pencils) from the tip of his abdomen. These hair pencils brush against the female’s antennae and release pheromones and other chemicals that stimulate her to mate. One of these chemicals, danaidone, is poisonous, and is also passed to the female with the sperm during mating. (This substance is gathered by the adult males from various plants and deters predators from eating the butterflies.) Some of the danaidone passed to the female from the male during mating ends up in the tissues of the female and in her eggs, protecting both the female and the eggs from predation.
* Their flight is slow, weak and fluttering, which causes some people to call them "Paper Kite" butterflies.
* There are twelve subspecies of Tree Nymph butterflies.
Diet: adults seek out lianes and vines, and milkweed, which are all creeping plants that grow around trees.
Avg. Wingspan: 95 - 110 cm / 3.75 - 4.33 "
Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera
* Being Brush-footed butterflies, Tree Nymphs have a short pair of fore legs that are used to taste food, and two pairs of longer rear legs that are used for propulsion.
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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