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Julia Heliconian – Dryas iulia



Dryas iulia (often incorrectly spelled julia), commonly called the Julia Butterfly or Julia Heliconian, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described.

Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the “orange” Batesian mimic complex.

This butterfly is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands. It feeds on the nectar of flowers, such as lantanas (Lantana) and Shepherd’s-needle (Scandix pecten-veneris). Its caterpillars feeds on leaves of passion vines including Passiflora affinis and Yellow Passionflower (P. lutea) in Texas.
Source: Wikipedia

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

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Neat contrasting colors

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...over 3 years ago

    Oh my this is absolutely fantastic! Wow! Amazing capture!!! Beautiful colors and details!

  • John Holding
    John Holdingover 3 years ago

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Terrific capture of this Julia with few markings on the wings, I’ve never seen this subspecies before. Its not fro north or central America, must be a ssp. from futher south.

  • RCTrotman
    RCTrotmanover 3 years ago

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