Beautiful Butterflies

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Beautiful Butterflies

Nature is abundantly blessed with beauty. Here are some butterflies with some amazingly intricate, yet beautiful designs on them.

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Beautiful Butterflies
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Blue Morpho Butterfly

A decorated blue morpho butterfly (Morpho sp.) rests on a leaf. The blue morpho's entire life cycle lasts just 115 days.

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Blue Morpho Butterfly
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Peacock Pansy Butterfly

The peacock pansy butterfly (Junionia almana) sports striking eyespots and purple patterns.

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Peacock Pansy Butterfly
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Pipevine Swallowtail

The pipevine swallowtail butterfly (Battus philenor) has white-and-orange dots on the underside of its hind wing.

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Pipevine Swallowtail
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Birdwing Butterfly

Australia’s largest butterfly, the birdwing (Ornithoptera priamus) blends into a green leaf. Female birdwings can have a wingspan of nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters).

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Birdwing Butterfly
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Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Colorful gerbera daisies highlight the rich coloration of a spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus).

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Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly
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Zebra-Winged Butterfly

The petals of a white flower set off the white stripes of this zebra-winged butterfly at a children’s zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Zebra-Winged Butterfly
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Neglected Eighty-Eight Butterfly

A neglected eighty-eight butterfly (Diaethria neglecta) in Brazil’s Pantanal displays the design of lines and dots that gave it its unusual common name.

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Neglected Eighty-Eight Butterfly
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Kamehameha Butterfly

The Kamehameha butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is one of only two indigenous butterfly species in Hawaii. Above is a close-up of a Kamehameha wing from an Oahu museum.

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Kamehameha Butterfly
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