Nymphalid Butterfly

Nymphalid Butterfly Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Nymphalid Butterfly
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Nymphalidae

The butterfly members of this Order of insects include the popular and usually colorful species. Butterfly groups include monarchs, satyrs, dagerwings, leaf-wings, owls, buckeyes, admirals, checkerspots, crecents, fritillaries, heliconids, riodinids, blues, hairstreaks, coppers, whites, orange-tips, sulphurs and swallowtails.

These butterflies exhibit strong and confident flight characteristics and are also attracted to the higher concentrations of minerals along the river banks. The first pair of legs are greatly reduced giving this Nymphalid the appearance of only having 4 rather than six legs. The underside of this butterfly is beautifully painted. Fairies are often represented with butterfly wings. In Greek and Roman mythology, Horae spirits, personifying the seasons, are sometimes depicted with butterfly wings and are the daughter attendants of Aurora and Selene representing dawn and the moon.