In Japan, the butterfly is a symbol for women. Two butterflies means happiness in a relationship. Also, butterflies are considered to be traveling spirits and announce a visit or the death of a loved one. In Zaire, the locals compare their lives to that of a butterfly: during life, you are a small caterpillar and you become a beautiful mature butterfly. Among the Aztecs, butterflies are a symbol of the soul. A butterfly which flies among the flowers represents the soul of a warrior fallen on a battlefield.
1. The transparent butterfly
Greta Oto or the transparent butterfly is easily recognized by its special wings, which are transparent, the veins making them appear like colored glass. You can find this type in an area that stretches from Central America to Mexico.
2. The dry leaves butterfly
With open wings it looks amazing, but when they come together, the Kallima Inachus seems to look like a couple of dead leaves. It lives in the forests of New Guinea, southern Asia, Madagascar and India.
3. Number 88 butterfly
Diaethria Neglecta received the nickname “The 88” because of the weird design on its wings. It can be spotted most in Brazil.
4. The huge owl butterfly
There are about 20 species of owl type butterflies, which are named in this manner because of the “eyes” drawn on their wings. They live in the forests of Mexico, Central and South America.
These butterflies are very large, with open wings reaching up to 20 centimeters. Because of these dimensions, they cannot fly for more than a couple of feet, so they are quickly captured by predators.
5. The Queen Alexandra Birdwing
Queen Alexandra Birdwing is a giant butterfly, the largest in the world: with open wings, it reaches up to 30 centimeters. It is spread into the Northern provinces of Papua New Guinea. Its larvae are toxic to predators.
6. The emerald butterfly
7. The zebra butterfly
With long black wings crossed by yellow thin lines, Heliconius charitonius reminds us of the specific lines on zebras. It can spread on large areas while flying. In 1996, it was appointed the official butterfly of the US state of Florida.
8. The white morpho butterfly
9. The peacock butterfly
10. The white forest butterfly
11. The great mormon butterfly
12. The menelaus blue morpho
This is by far one of the most respected butterfly belonging to this species. Generally encountered in Central and South America, Menelaus Blue Morpho has, as the name implies, electrifying blue wings, but those of males are more brightly colored than those of females.
The underside of the wings gives the impression of a mosaic that combines colors like brown, gray, black and red to help them become practically invisible against predators, these colors in certain positions being one with the forest foliage. The brightest coloration of the wings of the male is meant to intimidate rivals who dare fly over their territory. Given the metallic appearance of the wings covered with microscopic scales, they reflect light in different colors and angles, like the brilliance of a diamond, which makes them easily seen even from large distances.
It is a big sized butterfly, with a wingspan of about 18 centimeters. Menelaus Blue Morpho can be glimpsed generally during daytime, when it is the most active. At night, they fold their wings so that the dark colors on the back act as a practical shield, making them virtually invisible.