Batwing Butterfly

close up of a butterfly with black and white markings with green leaves and lilac flowers behnd it

This month in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing keep an eye out for the gorgeous batwing butterfly (Atrophaneura semperi). This native of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines is large with a wingspan of more than 4 inches. Its coloring is dramatic black with red or salmon-colored markings.

But the really interesting thing about this butterfly is what it looks like in flight—and the characteristic that give it its name, batwing. With its long, pumping wings, if you didn’t know it was a butterfly, you might think it was a small bat.