Zebra Longwing Butterfly. by Eyal Nahmias

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.
Shot in Santa Barbara, California.

Nikon D70
nikkor 60mm macro



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  • sunshine0
    sunshine0over 6 years ago

    Perfectly named. Great macro capture!

  • ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey
    ♥⊱ B. Randi Ba...over 6 years ago

    Perfect butterfly/flower contrast. And thanks for the great description.

  • SylviaHardy
    SylviaHardyover 6 years ago

    This is one beautiful capture Eyal! I always find it hard to either get all the wings in or to get the whole picture perfect in focus?

  • Lensman2008
    Lensman2008over 6 years ago

    Well seen and captured, Eyal. One for your next calendar.

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoover 6 years ago

    magical work Eyal, well done

  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
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  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 6 years ago

    Great capture Eyal!!

  • Jan Cartwright
    Jan Cartwrightover 6 years ago

    The detail and color here is superlative – what a fascinating butterfly, aptly named!

  • Mohsen Bayramnejad
    Mohsen Bayramn...over 6 years ago

    Lovely macro shot…. and nice colors indeed!
    well done my friend!

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