This week's animal is a stunning butterfly that lives a world away from Chicago. The Polyeuctes Swallowtail flits around in the forests of Nepal, Laos, and Vietnam and is not an extremely uncommon sight to see when strolling among the trees. Equipped with a beautifully shaped and colored tail, this critter is one of the prettiest insects in nature!
This little guy is only a couple hundred millimeters long and has colors that contrast very nicely, most likely to mimic other poisonous butterflies. Clearly, camouflage is not the main purpose of these striking color designs.
The exquisite shape of its wings make it hard to believe that the Polyeuctes Swallowtail is capable of flight! What an awesome piece of nature!
[via Magic of Life]