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Orange Tiger – Dryadula phaetusa

Dryadula phaetusa, also known as the Banded Orange Heliconian, Banded Orange, or Orange Tiger, is a species of butterfly (an insect). The sole representative of its genus, the Banded Orange Heliconian is native from Brazil to central Mexico, and in summer it can be found rarely as far north as central Kansas. Its wingspan ranges from 86 to 89 mm, and it is colored a bright orange with thick black stripes in males, and a duller orange with fuzzier black stripes in females.

It feeds primarily on the nectar of flowers and bird droppings, and its caterpillar feeds on passion vines including Passiflora tetrastylis. It is generally found in lowland tropical fields and valleys.
This species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the “orange” Batesian mimicry complex
Source Wikipedia

Featured in Colour and Light on November 28/2010


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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!
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  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeover 3 years ago

    wow…it is shining…so very beautiful:)

  • morgan magras
    morgan magrasover 3 years ago

    Exquisite!! love the color:)

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Usha Ganesh
    Usha Ganeshover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Lepidoptera.

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 3 years ago

    Thank you all so much for the kind support!

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraover 3 years ago

    Thank you so much to the Hosts for the Feature, very proud on it!
    Featured in Colour and Light on November 28/2010

  • TREVOR34
    TREVOR34over 3 years ago

    Brilliant macro…….

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 3 years ago

    A real beauty my friend.Had to FAVOR this one awsome colors…Tom

  • Normf
    Normfover 3 years ago

    This is spectacular, actually all your butterfly’s are brillent!

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