Image: John Pavelka
Red lacewing butterfly
As ecosystems get destroyed by the continuing expansion of humanity into natural areas, the numbers of species start to decline simply due to loss of habitat. Amongst the treasures that seem destined to disappear from the planet are many species of what can surely be seen as natural works of art, in the guise of gorgeously colored and patterned butterflies, whose numbers are diminishing by the day. Here’s a list of seven of the most stunning members of the species.
1) Purple Spotted Swallowtail
The Purple Spotted Swallowtail is without a doubt one very beautiful example, whose habitat is under ever more threat. Found only in the highlands of New Guinea, this lovely butterfly, of the Papilionidae family, is becoming scarcer as mankind encroaches more on the forests where it is found.
Image: D. Gordon E. Robertson
2) Red Lacewing
There are many beautiful butterfly species that inhabit areas in the Philippines, among which is the wonderfully patterned Red Lacewing (pictured on top). Not a species of butterfly in imminent danger, examples have been noted as far apart India, Nepal, China and Indonesia. Notable for the striking coloration as well as the complex patterning, this butterfly is indeed a work of art.