Butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. They look like fresh flowers. No wonder since ancient times, these winged insects associated with spring, beauty, eternity, rebirth of the soul. The Italians called them "flowers, torn by the wind". However, Russia believed that butterflies after death become witches. Because only they could make the appearance of such beauty. And in Asia is not just a beautiful creature, but also a delicacy.
The beauty of butterflies created by the scales that cover their wings. The scales have ribbed walls, and when sunlight falls on them and is refracted, there are various colors.
What external data have erected these insects on the top of popularity among collectors. There are about 200 thousand species of Lepidoptera, and the most beautiful butterflies in the world is represented in our ranking.
Opens the top ten most beautiful winged insects Peacock. Her small wings, wingspan which can reach up to 5.5 cm have a very bright color. On the bright red background is located on the edges of four bright spots, resembling eyes. Peacock lives about 9 months. In the winter he goes in the cracks of tree bark where it waits for the arrival of the warm season.
9. Greta OTO
Greta OTO or the Glass butterfly is one of the most amazing kinds of winged insects. Second name Greta OTO was due to the transparency of the wings. In Argentina and Mexico – is the most common butterfly. One of the smallest creatures have a wing span of 5 see Crystal-clear wings with the edges red or brown border. This species plays an important role in the ecosystem, as it is involved in the pollination of most native plants. Feature Greta OTO is what it prefers as food only poisonous vegetation. Accumulating a lot of toxins in his little body, they become unattractive to insectivorous. A day glass butterfly can travel a distance up to 12 km.
8. Morpho Peleid
Morpho Peleid, which translated from Greek means beautiful, lives up to its name. Her brilliant blue coloring of the wings is on the edges of the frame black with pronounced white spots. Unique color helps attract mates and scare off the hunters on it. Morpho life is not long and an average of 2 weeks. The peculiarity of this species is that males prefer to live in groups.
Among the most beautiful winged insects is the butterfly, Admiral, named for the bright red stripes on black velvety wings with a white tag. This is a relatively small beauty has a wingspan of 5-6 cm only Feature of the Admiral is that it does fall fly great distances, as heading for the winter from Russia to Africa. Life period is about 9 months.
6. Madagascar comet
Madagascan comet is not only a real beauty, but also the longest butterfly in the world. Behind its bright orange wings with brown eyes twenty centimeters is decorated with tails, which tend to disappear in a few perfect flights. The life expectancy of the Madagascan comet is small and amounts to only a few days. This winged insect is no digestive system and mouth, as it feeds off the accumulated nutrients, which are received as a caterpillar.
5. Glory Of Bhutan
Mountain butterfly, the Bhutan Glory is the fifth most beautiful among the winged insects. Its amazing shapes and unique color will not leave indifferent any aesthete. The scale of the wings does not exceed 10 cm. Each wing has a rear three bizarre tail that attaches chlenistonogogo special flair. Two bright red spots behind the winged warn hunters that they are inedible. Glory of Bhutan has the ability to fold back the wings under the front, which is almost invisible. In India, this species of butterfly is protected.
4. Papilio Maackii
Papilio maackii or Blue swallowtail is not only one of the most beautiful butterflies, but the largest in Russia. Habitat is Sakhalin. Males have incredibly beautiful color, shimmering dark green tint on the background of which appear the black field. Males often form clusters and are deposited near streams and rivers or on wet roads after a rain. Rising to the sky, disturbed the flock forms a wonderful spectacle of shimmering dark green clouds.
3. Queen Alexandra's birdwing
Opens the top three of the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing, which is considered one of the most valuable specimens among collectors. Habitat of insect is New Guinea. Males are considered more beautiful females, due to their amazing coloring, which attracts the attention of not only females, but the aesthetes among the people. Their wings shimmer in delicate shades of green-blue color and resemble a graceful, narrow leaves of strange plants. Females can not boast of such beauty. In size they are much larger than males – when flying is able to create a wingspan up to 28 cm.
2. Urania Madagascar
One of the most beautiful and lovely creatures of nature is the butterfly Urania Madagascar. This is a fairly large flying insect with a wingspan of up to 9 cm Under a magnifying glass you can see that the wings of the Urania represent the colored scales that form an amazing rainbow pattern. The edges of the wings is white piping brings a special personality and uniqueness to the appearance of a butterfly. Her bright, unusual coloration is a protective element from wanting to hunt her. Unusual color signals insectivores, these species are poisonous. Urania love the daytime and are active day the rapid activity. In the evening a flock of beauties collected in one place for the night.
Rating the most beautiful butterfly heads satin or the Prince of darkness. To lead an active existence Atlas prefers in the dark, that's why he got the second name. It's also the largest insect from your collection. Its wingspan can reach several tens of centimeters. The colors and the shape of the wings resembles the head of a snake. Thus, the Prince repels itself from animals that want to eat insects. His life expectancy is only a ten-day period. While still a caterpillar, he actively replenishes your body with nutrients, due to which it will exist turned into a butterfly.