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Hecale Longwing - Heliconius hecale zuleika by Lepidoptera

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Hecale Longwing – Heliconius hecale zuleika

Heliconius comprise a colorful and widespread brush-footed butterfly genus distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the New World. These butterflies utilize Passion flower plants as their larval food source and rely on bright wing color patterns to signal their distastefulness to potential predators (aposematism). Heliconius butterflies have been a subject of many studies due to their abundance and relative ease in breeding under laboratory conditions, as well as due to the extensive mimicry that occurs in this group. Studying this model group is helping scientists to understand how species are formed and why they are so diverse. They are usually unpalatable and are models for Müllerian mimicry by unrelated butterflies. Heliconius butterflies benefit from mimicking other unpalatable species of butterfly because doing so spreads the cost of educating predators. Hybrid speciation has been found to occur in this genus and may account for the diverse mimicry found in Heliconius butterflies.
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Featured in Colour and Light on November 6/2011

Featured in Macro Magic on November 17/2010

My greatest passion in photography is to capture the wonderful Butterfly. I hope you will enjoy my photos of Butterflies as much I do to watch them and to catch their beauty with my photographs. My camera is a Canon EOS 350D with a Canon Close-Up lens 250D. Thank you so much for your visit, the kind comments, the great support and the Love for Butterflies!
Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

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    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Magi5760
    Magi5760over 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Macro Magic!

  • Colin, Thank you so much for the feature in your wonderful group, a great honor!

    – Lepidoptera

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the visit, comments, favorites and kind support!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture…love the vibrant colors

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture!

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