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Leopard Lacewing Butterfly

The Leopard Lacewing Butterfly, (Cethosia cyane) ranges from India, throughout Southeast Asia. This species exhibits a strong sexual dimorphism, with the females featuring wing patterns with a gray or white background, whereas the upper surfaces of the males are a bright orange, yellow, or red or a combination of these colors. The underside of the Leopard Lacewing is one of the most ornate in the butterfly world. Some species of this group of butterflies are called the Batik Lacewing due to the lacey pattern of the underside of the wings, which resembles the traditional Malay style of painting called Batik.

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Taken on April 7, 2012