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Isabella Heliconian – Euides isabella


The longwing butterflies have unusually long lifespans and high fecundity rates, which largely result from their augmented diet. Instead of surviving on food stores from the larval stage or solely sipping flower nectar, adult longwing butterflies are avid pollen eaters. These trait make them eminently suitable for butterfly farming and butterfly gardening. Also, Adult Longwings may live for several months, much longer than most butterflies.

The longwing butterflies are also known as Heliconians. They are brightly colored butterflies with long forewings. Once placed in their own family, they are now considered closely related to the fritillaries. Larvae of most longwings feed on passion vines, and this host plant imparts noxious chemicals to the larvae which are carried over to the adult butterflies. This relationship is identical to the monarch butterflies’ reliance on its host plant, milkweed, for defense. Predators find these chemicals distasteful and avoid eating the butterflies.

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isabella heleconian, euides isabella, butterfly, heliconius, wings, flower, lepidoptera, nature, garden

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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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago


    10 December 2010 … one image per day

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Yool
    Yoolover 3 years ago

    Big congratz on being in the top ten of our challenge so very well done :))

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture

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