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Tiger Longwing

Tiger Longwing
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Guatemala & Belize
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-31 10:25
Viewed: 5648
Points: 6
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Tiger Longwing Butterfly
Heliconius hecale

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.

This photo was taken at a butterfly farm.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-31 10:28]

Hi Manyee. A good top view of this Tiger Longwing Butterfly. Which you have takenwith fine detail in the open wings. We can see all of the markings so well. It orange colour goes well with the wet stones. It look as if its enjoying a drink. well taken TFs.

Hello Manyee,
Wonderful colours and excellent clarity of this Tiger Longwing Butterfly.
Interesting composition with the coloured stones around.

Good capture of this butterfly with very interesting form and nice colors.
Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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