nymphalid butterfly

Other forms: nymphalid butterflies

Definitions of nymphalid butterfly
  1. noun
    medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
    synonyms: brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid
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    Camberwell beauty, Nymphalis antiopa, mourning cloak, mourning cloak butterfly
    of temperate regions; having dark purple wings with yellow borders
    tortoiseshell, tortoiseshell butterfly
    brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles
    Vanessa virginiensis, painted beauty
    American butterfly having dark brown wings with white and golden orange spots
    any of several brightly colored butterflies
    Vanessa atalanta, red admiral
    of temperate Europe and Asia; having black wings with red and white markings
    Limenitis camilla, white admiral
    Eurasian butterfly with brown wings and white markings
    Limenitis arthemis, banded purple, white admiral
    North American butterfly with blue-black wings crossed by a broad white band
    Limenitis astyanax, red-spotted purple
    similar to the banded purple but with red spots on underwing surfaces
    Limenitis archippus, viceroy
    showy American butterfly resembling the monarch but smaller
    nymphalid butterfly having angular notches on the outer edges of the forewings
    Polygonia comma, comma, comma butterfly
    anglewing butterfly with a comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing
    butterfly with brownish wings marked with black and silver
    emperor, emperor butterfly
    large richly colored butterfly
    Inachis io, peacock, peacock butterfly
    European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot
    butterfly with silver spots on the underside of the hind wings
    Apatura iris, purple emperor
    large European butterfly the male of which has wings shaded with purple
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    diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
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