Idea leuconoe

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Paper kite
Idea leuconoe Dorsal.jpg
Dorsal view
Idea leuconoe Weiße Baumnymphe crop.jpg
Ventral view
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Idea
I. leuconoe
Binomial name
Idea leuconoe
Erichson, 1834
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Idea leuconoe, also known as the paper kite butterfly, rice paper butterfly, large tree nymph,[1] or in Australia the white nymph butterfly,[2] is a butterfly known especially for its presence in butterfly houses and live butterfly expositions. It has a wingspan of 12 to 14 cm. The paper kite is of Southeast Asian origin, but can also be found in Northern Australia and Southern Taiwan.

Larvae feed on Parsonsia species, Tylophora hispida, Parsonsia helicandra, Parsonsia spiralis, and Cynanchum formosanum[3] so both the butterfly and larvae are poisonous.


The paper kite butterfly's forewings and hindwings are translucent silvery white with black spots, similar to the Idea lynceus.


Listed alphabetically:[3]

  • I. l. athesis Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • I. l. caesena Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • I. l. chersonesia (Fruhstorfer, 1898)
  • I. l. clara (Butler, 1867)
  • I. l. engania (Doherty, 1891)
  • I. l. esanga Fruhstorfer, 1898
  • I. l. fregela Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • I. l. godmani Oberthür, 1878
  • I. l. gordita Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • I. l. javana Fruhstorfer, 1896
  • I. l. kwashotoensis (Sonan, 1928)
  • I. l. lasiaka van Eecke, 1913
  • I. l. leuconoe Erichson, 1834
  • I. l. moira Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • I. l. natunensis Snellen, 1895
  • I. l. nigriana Grose-Smith, 1895
  • I. l. obscura Staudinger, 1889
  • I. l. princesa Staudinger, 1889
  • I. l. samara Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • I. l. siamensis (Godfrey, 1916)
  • I. l. solyma Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • I. l. vedana Fruhstorfer, 1906
  • I. l. vicetia Fruhstorfer, 1911



  1. ^ Cutler, David (2002). Butterflies and Moths (Second American ed.). London: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0-7894-8983-X.
  2. ^ Chew, W.-L.; Kodela, P.G. "Dendrocnide moroides". Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment: Canberra. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Idea Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms

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