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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: 2011-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-06-28 14:17
Viewed: 4252
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Tiger Longwing
(Hecale's Longwing)
Heliconius hecale

See underside.

Mexico to N. South America

Passiflora spp.

Longwing butterflies have very elongated wings and are slow fliers. Since the larvae feed on passionflower vines, which are poisonous, the adults are also unpalatable and advertise this with warning colors. Warning colors include combinations of red, orange, yellow, and white with black or brown. Most unpalatable butterflies make themselves obvious to would-be predators by flying slow and landing frequently in the open.

Photo taken at the Butterfly Garden in Victoria


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Hi Manyee,

Lovely butterfly & superbly photographed. The red color is splendid. Well done & TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-29 6:53]

Lovely butterfly, very colorful, well captured. tfs.

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