Dragon Breed Data
Origin Of Name?
There are several Australian butterflies with "Xenica" in their common names from the parent genera Geitoneura, Oreixenica, and Nesoxenica. The first named variety was the Ringed Xenica in 1805, with marbled orange/black wings marked with white-centered black eyespots.
In Temeraire's world, perhaps the Australian butterfly was named for a similar appearance to the British dragon. Conversely, perhaps Novik named the dragon after the butterfly.