Kaiser-I-Hind Butterfly

Kaiser-I-Hind Butterfly

Image Size: 10″ x 7-3/4″

One of the most unusual and exquisite butterflies, the Kaiser-I-Hind is unique with its rich, iridescent green overlaid on black, occasionally arranged into diffuse bands on the forewing. The hindwing has even more intricate patterns with a prominent golden yellow band accented in black with a conspicuous fluted margin and sword-like tails tipped In yellow accented with white. The under surface is lighter with the outer two-thirds of the forewing a rich, rusty yellow.

A treetop flier, the Kaiser-I-Hid generally visits the forest floor in the early morning hours, basking in the bright sunshine. As soon as the mist or clouds appear, however, it will secret itself on low bushes, where the protective coloration of the under surface of the wings blends perfectly into the background. This butterfly is attracted neither to flowers nor water, but can occasionally be found in small, localized populations. Prized for its beauty and with its forest habitat dwindling, the future of this species may be threatened, and it is currently under study by conservationists.

Text by Jacqueline Miller, Ph. D., Associate Curator, Allyn Museum of Entomology, Florida Museum of Natural History and Former President, The Lepidopterists’ Society

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Located in Duxbury MA