This dried butterfly specimen is known as Hestina assimilis, or, the Red Ring Skirt, and is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae found in Asia. It is generally of large size. Hestina assimilis often uses its long proboscis to probe in muddy soil or gravel to get the moisture it needs. The male is strongly territorial, always staying in high positions to defend its territory.
Butterflies are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera, along with moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly colored wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterfly fossils date to the Palaeocene era, about 56 million years ago. Butterflies are often polymorphic, and many species make use of camouflage, mimicry and aposematism to evade their predators. Some, like the monarch and the painted lady, migrate over long distances.
**Please keep in mind that these specimens are dried and unspread (as shown), meaning the wings are closed. These specimens are useful if you want to use their wings only (for artwork, fairy dolls, jewelry) or simply to study them for science.
In order to spread butterflies for mounting and display, simply search online on how to hydrate the butterflies to spread their wings. Mounted butterflies are often used in insect mosaics which make beautiful and unique pieces of art.
• You will receive a dried butterfly specimen similar to that shown
• Each specimen is approximately 1.5″ unspread (3″ spread)