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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
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Featured in Closeups in Nature On December 2/2010

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!
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Comments

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome immage of this beauty, well captured and also for the other picture of the underwing

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • patcheah
    patcheahalmost 4 years ago

    WOW, very pretty,love the colours!

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraalmost 4 years ago


    Thank you so much for the visit & kind comments!

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Ray, thank you so much, so wonderful to see two of my works featured in your beautiful closeups in nature group! So very proud!!!

    – Lepidoptera

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraalmost 4 years ago


    Thanks to All for the visit and kind support!

  • christopher363
    christopher363almost 4 years ago

    Lovely butterfly – congrats on the well-deserved feature

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