Top 10 Most Beautiful Butterflies in the world

Butterfly is one of the most beautiful creations. There are about 17,500 species of butterflies in the world. Diversity and beauty of butterflies has made it as one of the animals that are sought after by collectors in the world. Several species of butterflies are nearing extinction, and is the duty of all of us to preserve and protect the environment, so the beauty of these insects can still be enjoyed by generations after us.

Top 10 Most beautiful Butterflies in the world.

10. Dido Longwing (Philaethria dido)

By Viktorhauk
By Böhringer Friedrich
Also called The Scarce Bamboo Page, Philaethria dido is found in from the Amazon Rainforest up to Mexico. This butterfly breeds in wet tropical rainforests at altitudes from 0-1200m. It has a wingspan of about 110 mm, and fly from July to December in Mexico.

9. The Southern Festoon (Zerynthia polyxena)

By David Short
By Ettore Balocchi
Distribution of Zerynthia polyxena is from Southeast France, Italy to Slovakia and Greece covering all the Balkans. It has a wingspan of 60–80 mm, females have slightly longer wings and usually have paler coloration than males.

8. Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon)

By Bill Hails
By Jean-Jacques Boujot
Also known as Green-spotted Triangle, Tailed Green Jay, or the Green Triangle this swallowtail butterfly is native to India, Sri Lanka through Southeast Asia and Australia. Graphium agamemnon wingspan is about 8.0 – 10.0 cm and has a repeated green markings on forewing. The Tailed Jay is now very common and regularly seen in gardens because of its foodplant, False Ashoka or Mast Tree being widely used as garden and landscaping tree.

7. White Dragontail (Lamproptera curius)

By Aidan Mak
By Aidan Mak
The White Dragontail is native to some parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The range of this beautiful butterfly is from from India, east to China, south through Indochina and Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo and Palawan island. White Dragontail is the smallest swallowtail butterfly in the whole Papilionidae family. It has black wings with white median band coupled with some transparent area towards the margin of the forewings. Most attractive part of Lamproptera curius is a very long tail on each of its hindwing.

6. Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana)

By geekgirl24
By Bernard DUPONT
Trogonoptera brookiana is a distinctive black and electric-green birdwing butterfly native to the rainforests in the Thailand-Malaka Peninsula, Borneo, Natuna, Sumatra, and various small islands west of Sumatra.
The butterfly has wingspan about 15 – 17 cm. The main coloration of Trogonoptera brookiana is black, has a repeated retangular form of green spots on the fore wings. The females are brown and have some white and green.

5. Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

By John Flannery
By John Flannery
Junonia coenia is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae found in all parts of the United States, the northwest region is excluded. The butterfly has wings span about 4.2 - 7 cm, brown color upperside with 2 orange cell bars and 2 eyespots at forewings. Habitat of common buckeye butterfly is open areas with low vegetation and some bare ground.

4. Glasswinged butterfly (Greta oto)

By Rene Mensen
By David Tiller
Glasswinged butterfly has translucent wings with a wingspan of 5 - 6 cm. Not like common butterflies, the tissue between the veins of Greta oto wings looks like glass, as it lacks of colored scales. As a migratory butterfly, Greta oto is native to Costa Rica and ranges from Mexico to Panama.

3. Golden Birdwing (Troides aeacus)

By Steve
By Steve
Golden Birdwing is found in Asia and Sout East Asia region. It has a wingspan reaching about 15–16 cm. The hind wings are golden. The females are dark-brown and larger than the males. Troides aeacus is a large butterfly belonging to the Swallowtail (Papilionidae family).

2. Crimson Rose (Pachliopta hector)

By J.M.Garg
By J.M.Garg
Crimson Rose is a very beautiful butterfly native to India and Srilanka. This large swallowtail butterfly loves the nectar of Lantana flower. Bright colouration and pattern of Crimson Rose wings are meant to indicate to predators that this butterfly can not be eaten, because it is well protected by the poison had been exiled from its larval food plants.

1. Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus)

By jon hanson
By mcamcamca
Also known as Green-banded Peacock or Emerald Peacock, Papilio palinurus is native to South East Asia region. This butterfly gets its name from the coloration of its dark greenish-black wings. The wings span can reach about 8–10 cm ( considered to be a medium large butterfly ) and covered by a dust of green scales with broad bright emerald green metallic bands.