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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.

8/1/2011 1137 views

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Comments

  • Rebecca Brann
    Rebecca Brannabout 7 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • MikeMcA2
    MikeMcA2about 7 years ago

    Beautiful exposure and detail Eyal. Your macros are very well done.

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago

    Great!!!!

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 7 years ago

    So beautiful. Thank you for showing it and the information will be interesting to another friend in who grows passion flowers, perhaps she might also attract these butterflies.
    jx

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasabout 7 years ago

    Thank you Boo7 :-)

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasabout 7 years ago

    Thank you Michael for the complement and positive comment :-)

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasabout 7 years ago

    Jesika, I’m glad that someone can benefit from this info, and attract more butterflies to their garden..

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasabout 7 years ago

    Antanas, Thank you. Much appreciated..

  • Lior Goldenberg
    Lior Goldenbergabout 7 years ago

    Splendid macro, sharp details! Great work, Eyal!

  • Allen Carr
    Allen Carrabout 7 years ago

    very clear shot nice great work

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