Hecale Longwing on Bottlebrush - 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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Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

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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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 2 years ago

    Stunning capture !

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    1 Image per 24hrs 2012/01/24
    Like all your work, just stunning!

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 2 years ago

    beautiful colors and contrasts

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Lovely capture!

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    25 January 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • dgrizzle
    dgrizzleover 2 years ago

    Jan 26, 2011

  • Hi Darcy, thank you so much for the featurein your wonderful group.
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • Rose Landry
    Rose Landryover 2 years ago

    Really awesome shot! Focus is super sharp

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroover 2 years ago

    Marvelous image! Congratulations on your feature!

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