Scarce Bamboo Page Butterfly Philaethria dido

A rare green. Green is a fairly unusual colour in the butterfly world which is strange given the amount of green leaves in a rain forest. This is true for other insect groups such as stick insects and crickets, where dead leaf mimics are more common than green leaf mimics. As the Bamboo Page is mimicked by the Malachite, it suggests that distasteful chemicals might be present and that the unusually bright green is actually a warning colour in this case.

Name: Scarce Bamboo Page

Latin: Philaethria dido

Family: Nymphalidae

Origin: C. & S. America

Food plant: Passiflora vitifolia

Scarce Bamboo Page Butterfly Philaethria dido