THE WHITE SPIRAL BUTTERFLY

APPEARANCE - SPECIAL ABILITIES - TERRITORY
HABITAT/BEHAVIOURDIET - MATING

Also called "Aek'miev" (Little White; Twining, white Twirler) in the barbarian tongue spoken at the Mynian plain of Northern Sarvonia and "Quillyia" ("Dancers") in elvish.

Hobbit child with White  Spiral Butterflies
View picture in full size Image description. A hobbit child enjyoing some White Spiral Butterflies. Illustration drawn by Bard Judith.

Appearance. This small butterfly has a 3-4 nailsbreadth wingspan. The body of the Butterfly is two segmented. The front consisting of a head with two large eyes on either side and two short antennae rising from between them. The back segment is a cylindrical abdomen. The wings are triangular in shape with the narrower end attached to the front half of the abdomen. This butterfly can be totally white, yet he most often has some unassuming coloured spots on its wings. Return to the top

Special Abilities. No special abilities.
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Territory. The White Spiral can be found from the coastal plains to the alpine meadows on the northern continents of Arkor, Cyhalloi, Nybelmar and Sarvonia.
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Habitat/Behaviour. The White Spirals can only be found in sunny grassy meadows. They will first appear in early spring and can be seen until mid to late summer. The climate determines how late in the season a Butterfly will be seen. They will fly over the meadows alternately flapping and gliding in the breeze. There can be hundreds in a single field and all seem to fly a certain territory chasing all intruders away.
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Diet. The White Spiral Butterfly larvae eat plants from the grass family and plants from the bean family. It is believed that the adults do not eat spending all their time mating and laying of eggs.
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Mating. The spiraling flight of these Butterflies observed during mating is from where they derive their names. It begins with two butterflies flying close together near the ground. Suddenly one will begin to circle around the other, which is immediately followed by both butterflies circling around each other as they rise into the sky reaching heights of up to thirty peds. Without warning one of the butterflies will drop from the sky like a dead weight falling all the way to the ground while the other will take several seconds to slowly drift down. When the mating ritual leads to consummation the female will spend the rest of her time laying her eggs. Each egg is laid single on the leaves of a host plant. It takes two to three weeks for the larvae to mature during which they will go through four molts. To pupate the larvae attach themselves to plant stems, emerging in about ten days. Each year the Butterflies produce three or more generations with the majority of these found in the southern part of the continents.
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