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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

August 2011 Live, Love, Dream Group




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  • Rebecca Brann
    Rebecca Brannabout 7 years ago


  • MikeMcA2
    MikeMcA2about 7 years ago

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

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago


  • 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.

  • 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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