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On Flower 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 The Beauty of Nature On December 6/2010

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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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group.

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture as usual my friend…Tom

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

  • Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for the Feature in your wonderful Group, so proud on it!

    – Lepidoptera

  • Annie Lemay  Photography
    Annie Lemay P...about 4 years ago

    Congrats this is gorgeous!

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraabout 4 years ago


    Thank you All for the visit and kind support, much appreciated!

  • Usha Ganesh
    Usha Ganeshabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature Johanna

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