The Parthenos sylvia, or the Clipper, is a butterfly usually found in the rainforests of South and Southeast Asia. They have large wings that make them strong fliers and gliders. Although they have similar markings, there are more than 30 subspecies that have visual differences and live in different regions.

brown butterfly with pale highlights on leaf
Clipper butterfly, Parthenos sylvia.

Florida Museum photo by Jeff Gage

Source: Andrei Sourakov,, 352-273-2013

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