Rice Paper Butterfly
Turi nimfu
Scientific Name Idea leuconoe
Kingdom Animalia
Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera
Family Nymphalidae
Distribution southeast asia
Size 120-140 mm
Alternative Names Paper kite,large tree nymph Flagofchinasmall(大胡麻斑蝶、黑點大白斑蝶、白斑蝶、白翅大斑蝶)
Regional Names 20px-Japan(オオゴマダラ)Flagofchinasmall(大帛斑蝶)German flag(Weiße Baumnymphe)

The Paper Kite, Rice Paper, or Large Tree Nymph butterfly (Idea leuconoe) is known especially for it being in butterfly greenhouses and live butterfly expositions. The Paper Kite is found in Southeast Asia.Like many other species in the group Danainae the butterflies are unpalatable and are avoided by predators.It is found in coastal mangrove forest and lowland rainforest around between sea level and about 400m.


  • I. l. athesis Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • I. l. caesena Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • I. l. chersonesia (Fruhstorfer, 1898)
  • I. l. clara (Butler, 1867)
  • I. l. engania (Doherty, 1891)
  • I. l. esanga Fruhstorfer, 1898
  • I. l. fregela Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • I. l. godmani Oberthür, 1878
  • I. l. gordita Fruhstorfer, 1911
  • I. l. javana Fruhstorfer, 1896
  • I. l. kwashotoensis (Sonan, 1928)
  • I. l. lasiaka van Eecke, 1913
  • I. l. leuconoe Erichson, 1834
  • I. l. moira Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • I. l. natunensis Snellen, 1895
  • I. l. nigriana Grose-Smith, 1895
  • I. l. obscura Staudinger, 1889
  • I. l. princesa Staudinger, 1889
  • I. l. samara Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • I. l. siamensis (Godfrey, 1916)
  • I. l. solyma Fruhstorfer, 1910
  • I. l. vedana Fruhstorfer, 1906
  • I. l. vicetia Fruhstorfer, 1911


it is mimicked by many species