Japanese Clouded Apollo

Japanese Clouded Apollo

Swallowtail butterfly with transparent wings.

Characteristics

It is also called "Usuba-ageha" because it has a thin forewing that is almost transparent.The wings are entirely white with a transparent band running along the tip of the wing. It has a black body with orange fur around its head. A silhouette slightly larger than a white butterfly.The flight speed isn't that fast, and it flies like it's fluttering.

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Ecology

Found in low mountains and forests. Adults emerge in May and feed on nectar from flowers. Larvae feed on plants of the poppy family. Form a cocoon when pupating.

Habitat

At the end of April, I photographed an adult flying around the edge of a forest in Kamikawa-cho, Hachioji City. They seemed to emerge all at once, and there were only Parnassius butterflies flying around. They were sucking nectar, flapping from flower to flower. When it landed on the dandelion, I could see the yellow color of the flower through the forewings.

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Picture of Japanese Clouded Apollo1|The wings are transparent and you can see the color of the flower.
The wings are transparent and you can see the color of the flower.
Picture of Japanese Clouded Apollo2|Perched with its wings spread.
Perched with its wings spread.
Picture of Japanese Clouded Apollo3|The flower sucks nectar.
The flower sucks nectar.
Picture of Japanese Clouded Apollo4|Body is black with orange fur.
Body is black with orange fur.
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