Our great close neighbor the Butterfly Pavilion , just up the road from Boulder, offers us a gem of jungle in a world of winter. The normally uplifting and spectacular beauty of the butterflies and moths springs out even more this time of year. pic Lenny Lensworth FrielingPair Of Large Tree Nymphs, photo Lenny Lensworth Frieling

My great fortune was that this pair of large tree nymphs were fabulous at following instructions.

The Large Tree Nymph butterfly, known scientifically as Idea leuconoe, is a striking species primarily found in Southeast Asia, notably in countries like Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. This butterfly is renowned for its remarkable wingspan, which can reach up to 14 centimeters, making it one of the larger butterfly species. The wings are predominantly white, adorned with an array of black spots and veins, giving it a distinctive, almost ethereal appearance that has captivated both enthusiasts and casual observers.

A notable characteristic of the Large Tree Nymph is its slow, floating flight pattern. This graceful movement, combined with the butterfly’s size and coloration, makes it a truly mesmerizing sight in its natural habitat. They are commonly seen fluttering in open areas or along the edges of forests.

In terms of ecology, these butterflies play a crucial role in pollination. They feed on the nectar of a variety of flowers, aiding in the transfer of pollen. Their caterpillars, however, have a more specialized diet, feeding primarily on plants in the Apocynaceae family, which includes species like Parsonsia.

The beauty and uniqueness of the Large Tree Nymph have made it a popular species in butterfly exhibits and gardens worldwide. Its presence helps raise awareness about the importance of butterfly conservation and the preservation of their natural habitats, which are increasingly threatened by human activities such as deforestation and urbanization.

Because it is Tuesday, an additional butterfly is called for. Cooperative Moth On A Marigold Lensworth Photo

If it is not winter, even the short drive up hwy 36 to the Butterfly Pavilion is not necessary. The close-up function on phone cameras may be all the camera that is needed. So keep your eyes open, and you’ve already done the hardest part.pic Lenny Lensworth Frieling

Arguably Not A Butterfly, This Lorikeet is Just TOO Cute To Leave  Languishing On A Hard Drive. Lensworth Photo

May the wind be over your port bow and may your sunscreen be thick.

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