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Zebra Longwing

Heliconius charithonia

 

Zebra longwing adults roost communally at night in groups of up to 60 adults for safety from predators. The adult butterflies are unusual in feeding on pollen as well as on nectar; the pollen enables them to synthesize cyanogenic glycosides that make their bodies toxic to potential predators. Caterpillars feed on various species of passionflower, evading the plants' defensive trichomes by biting them off or laying silk mats over them.

 

We'll be on vacation for the rest of this week...  

My apologies for lack of replies or comments...  

 

Zebra Longwing

Heliconius charithonia

 

Zebra longwing adults roost communally at night in groups of up to 60 adults for safety from predators. The adult butterflies are unusual in feeding on pollen as well as on nectar; the pollen enables them to synthesize cyanogenic glycosides that make their bodies toxic to potential predators. Caterpillars feed on various species of passionflower, evading the plants' defensive trichomes by biting them off or laying silk mats over them.

 

We'll be on vacation for the rest of this week...  

My apologies for lack of replies or comments...  

 

comments (9)

I have never seen a black and white butterfly before...
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 19 Jan 2018, 02:12
Great close-up of this zebra longwing!! Enjoy your vacation!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Jan 2018, 02:56
A very handsome flutterby.
Celui-là  a des couleurs un peu tristes.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 19 Jan 2018, 06:26
Another lovely thing
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 19 Jan 2018, 08:07
This photograph works very well Elizabeth.
A smart flutterby
A smart flutterby
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Jan 2018, 08:23
What incredible "skills" this creature has in its various life-cycles

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