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Heliconius charithonia
The Zebra Longwing or Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia) is a species of butterfly belonging to the subfamily Heliconiinae of the Nymphalidae. It was declared the official butterfly for the state of Florida in the United States in 1996.
The caterpillar feeds on Yellow Passionflower (Passiflora lutea), Corky-stemmed Passionflower (Passiflora suberosa), and Two-flower Passionflower (Passiflora biflora). The adults are unusual among butterflies in that they eat pollen as well as sip nectar. This ability contributes to their longevity—3 months as an adult. Because of their relatively long lifespan and their activity throughout the day, this is a popular species with butterfly houses. Another unusual feature is that adults roost in groups of up to 70, and return to the same roost each evening.
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Thank you All for the visit and wonderful support, so very much appreciated.
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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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    What a wonderful capture

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    1 Image per 24hrs 2012/02/21
    Stunning capture!

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajalmost 3 years ago

    Amazing image!

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Click on the banner to enter the challenge & Good Luck

  • Hi Ray, a late thank you for the feature, much appreciated and proud on it.
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • Tracy Friesen
    Tracy Friesenalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • virginian
    virginianalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Congrats.

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! Please visit our feature page and participate in our Monthly Avatar Voucher challenge.

  • Hi Magaret, a late thank you for the feature, much appreciated and proud on it.
    Love to participate the challenge.
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    Top Tenner! Congratulations! Please visit our Challenge Winner Page to participate in comments and our new Monthly Avatar Voucher challenge for May 2012, well done!

  • Hi Magaret, thank you for the good news, a beautiful challenge.
    Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago

    Congratulations for your top ten placement in the group challenge for BREATHTAKING WILD ANIMALS & PLANTS, well deserved indeed


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