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Apr 242012
 

Malay Lacewing (Cethosia biblis)

My choice for the most beautiful butterfly in Southern Asia is the Malay Lacewing (Cethosia biblis).  A member of the Nymphalidae family with it’s origin thought to be in the Philippines,  this lacewing prefers Passifloria species (passion flower) for feeding.

Malay Lacewing (Cethosia biblis)

    Seen here in the tropical garden of the Furama Resort, Danang Vietnam.   At a distance I often mistake the dorsal view for the more common Indian Fritillary (Argyreus hyperbius).

Malay Lacewing (Cethosia biblis)

     The delicate ventral wing pattern is said to have been inspirational for the treasured batiks of village Malaysia….what do you think?   The patterns of nature are often the sources of man’s best arts and crafts.
     Nymphalidae are a huge family of butterflies, with over 5,000 speices including Emperors, Monarchs, Fritillaries and Admirals.
      Also called “Brush Footed” due to dense tufts of scales on the legs of males, this family includes some of the world’s most spectacular butterflies.
Steven Scott

Steven Scott

Steven Scott is a photonaturalist blogger based in Florida and Maine. He has surveyed butterflies with Earthwatch Institute in the mountains of Vietnam, tagged juvenile snook with Mote Marine Laboratory in the mangroves of Florida and filmed a BioBlitz insect survey in Acadia National Park. A registered nurse and retired Army officer, Steven believes man is an integral part of nature and travels annually to Vietnam with humanitarian medical teams from Vets With a Mission.

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