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RABBLE

A rabble is a group of butterflies. Another name for a group of butterflies is a swarm.

RAINFOREST

Rainforests are very dense, relatively warm, wet forests. They are havens for millions of plants and animals, including many butterflies and moths.

RAJA BROOKE BIRDWING BUTTERFLY

The Rajah Brooke Butterfly (Troides brookiana) is a distinctive black and electric-green birdwing butterfly from rainforests in Borneo and Maylasia; this butterfly is the national butterfly of Malaysia. The wings are black and each forewing has seven teeth-shaped electric-green markings (the smaller hindwings are also black with green markings). Males have brighter markings than females. The head is bright red and the body is black with red markings. The larval host plant is Aristolochia foveolata. Adults sip fruit juices and flower nectar. Classification: Family Papillonidae, Subfamily Papilloninae. This butterfly was named by the naturalist Alfred R. Wallace in 1855, naming it for Sir James Brooke, the Rajah of Sarawak.

RED ADMIRAL

The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a common migratory butterfly found in marshy north temperate regions of Asia, Europe and North America. It is a fast flier. Its caterpillar lives only on nettles. Classification: Family Nymphalidae.

RED LACEWING

The Red Lacewing (Cethosia biblis) is a medium-sized butterfly found in Nepal, north-east India, Burma, Indochina, China, Thailand, and the Andaman Islands. The wings of the male are bright orange-red; the margins are black with white spots. The wings of the female are black , brown, and gray with black and white spots on the black margins. The undersides of the wings are black, brown, and tan. The caterpillar has black and red stripes, and a black head legs; many black spikes eminate from the body. Its caterpillar lives only the host plant Passiflora cochinchinese (a poisonous vine); adults drink nectar from Lantana camara flowers. Classification: superfamily Papilionigiae, family Nymphalidae, subfamily Heliconidae, tribe Cethosia, genus Cethosia, species C. biblis (named by Drury, 1773).

REGAL FRITILLARY

The Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) is an orange and black butterfly with white spots. This brush-footed butterfly lives in tall-grass prairies of North America. The black and yellow caterpillar eats only violets. Classification: Family Nymphalidae.

REPTILE

Reptiles (meaning"to creep") are a group of animals that have scales (or modified scales), breathe air, and usually lay egg. The term reptile is loosely defined in everyday English to mean scaly, cold-blooded, egg-laying animals. In cladistics (a way of classifying life forms), the reptiles are more strictly defined and include the common ancestors of the turtles, lepidosaurs (lizards, snakes, tuataras), and archosaurs (crocodilians, dinosaurs, and birds). The maintenance of body temperature (cold- vs. warm-blooded) is not a factor in this classification, but skull and egg structure are.

RHABDOME

Rhabdomes are the photoreceptors of an insect's compound eye. The rhabdome contains light-sensitive cells; when light is focused on the rhabdome (by the lens-cornea), these cells are stimulated and send nerve impulses to the brain.

RICE PAPER BUTTERFLY

The rice paper butterfly, also called the paper kite butterfly, wood nymph, or tree nymph (Idea leuconoe) is a distinctive black and white butterfly. The wingspan is 95 to 110 cm across. The chrysalis is yellow with black markings. It is from Southeast Asia. Classification: superfamily Papilionigiae, family Nymphalidae, subfamily Danainae, Genus Idea, Species I. Leuconoe.

RIODINIDAE

Metalmarks (family Riodinidae) are butterflies that have small metallic-colored spots and lines on their wings. Tropical species are more brightly colored than species from cooler areas. Metalmarks have long antennae. The forelegs are normal in females, but reduced in the males. Most metalmarks have some type of relationship with ants. Caterpillars are slug-like, short, and often have tubercles with bristles.

RIPARIAN FOREST

A riparian forest is situated by a river bank or other body of water.
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