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A zebra longwing butterfly, Heliconius charitonius, is sipping nectar from a flower by Eyal Nahmias

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A Zebra Longwing Butterfly, Heliconius charitonius. The Zebra Longwing is common across the country. They have an exceptional lifespan. Several months is not uncommon as compared to a week or two for most butterflies. Zebras have a range from South America, Central America, Mexico, parts of the lower coastal Southeast and Florida. Not much of a strayer or migrator, Zebras have on rare occasion been spotted in the Midwest. The zebra longwing butterfly caterpillars eat the leaves of passion flowers. The passion flower contains a toxin that gives the zebra longwing an unpleasant taste and makes it poisonous to predators. The butterfly drinks the nectar of a wide range of flowers. When it is disturbed, the zebra longwing butterfly makes a creaking sound by wiggling its body. At night, large groups will roost together on tree limbs. They return to the same roost night after night.
Santa Barbara, CA U.S.A

Nikon D700
55 micro 2.8 Nikkor
1/200 f16
ISO 200

As of 8/18/2011 1658 views

Featured: Superbly Visual Group September 2011
Featured: Let Animals Stay Free Group September 2011




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  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyabout 6 years ago

    This is so amazing Eyal! This is a prize winner!!! Wow!

  • Thanks Sylvia, I guess I need to find the right challenge or comp to win… LOL.. :-) Thanks for all your support.

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Glen Allen
    Glen Allenabout 6 years ago

    excellent capture Eyal

    Well caught.

  • Thank you my dear friend, I always appreciate your feedback. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Xandru
    Xandruabout 6 years ago

    A wonderful capture!! Well done.

  • Thanks so much. I truly appreciate it.

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 6 years ago

    beautifully captured Eyal and the composition and colours are perfect

  • Thanks chris for the support and complement.

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyabout 6 years ago

    Try some photographic magazines that offer competitions or galleries? I bet you they will snapp this one up as well as all your other gorgeous butterfly work! Let me know how you go on?

  • I have submitted to some and in a process for others, so far no reply.. Maybe my luck will change tomorrow… I like being an optimist….

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture. I really like this composition.

  • Thanks Gregory, I’m glad you like it. Much appreciated. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 6 years ago

    Another beauty, and thanks for the information. Don’t you just love the University of RedBubble?
    Glad the Monarchs are back, I’m eagerly awaiting the photos.

  • Thanks my dear Jesika, I love your passion towards these magnificent creatures. Yes I love RB, a wonderful place to share, learn and hopefully even do some living.. :-)
    Give me some time and I’ll post new images..

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryabout 6 years ago
    P E R F E C T I O N! And the description was fascinating to read! You’re a pro in every sense of the word!
  • Wow, i’m already blushing after such a flurry of complements.. :-) thank you my dear for the support and accolades.

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Gaby Swanson  Photography
    Gaby Swanson ...about 6 years ago

    perfect capture Eyal

  • Thank you gabriele, as always, I truly appreciate your feedback. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

  • Racheli
    Racheliabout 6 years ago

    Dear Eyal, thank you for description.
    Excellent shot!

  • toda Racheli, al ha’machmaah ve’ha’tmicha. Meachel lach sana tova u
    metuka. :-)

    – Eyal Nahmias

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