Nymphalid Butterfly

Common Name: Nymphalid Butterfly

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Nymphalidae

These butterflies exhibit strong and confident flight characteristics and are also attracted to the higher concentrations of minerals along the river banks. The first pair of legs are greatly reduced giving this Nymphalid the appearance of only having 4 rather than six legs. The underside of this butterfly is beautifully painted. Fairies are often represented with butterfly wings. In Greek and Roman mythology, Horae spirits, personifying the seasons, are sometimes depicted with butterfly wings and are the daughter attendants of Aurora and Selene representing dawn and the moon.