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Heliconius charithonia

Heliconius charithonia
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-05-14 9:47
Viewed: 1515
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
Species:H. charithonia

Heliconius charithonia, the zebra longwing or zebra heliconian, is a species of butterfly belonging to the subfamily Heliconiinae of the Nymphalidae. The boldly striped black and white wing pattern is aposematic, warning off predators.
The species is distributed across South and Central America and as far north as southern Texas and peninsular Florida; there are migrations north into other American states in the warmer months.
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.
H. charithonia is found in South America, Central America, the West Indies, Mexico,Cuba, south Texas and peninsular Florida. Adults sometimes migrate north to New Mexico, South Carolina, and Nebraska during the warmer months. It was declared the official butterfly for the state of Florida in the United States in 1996.The species frequents tropical hammocks, moist forests, edges, or fields.

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Ciao Luciano, che spettacolo, e io vado in giro con la icarus, gran macro di una fantastica farfalla, gran POV, magnifici colori e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful Zebra. Like your chosen POV. well framed. Good composition and light.
Thanks for showing its big eyes,
Regards and have a nice week,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2017-05-14 15:32]

Hola Luciano, una foto curiosa ya que generalmente se hacen por el posterior de la mariposa, me dusta como se ve, lindo insecto y buena foto...saludos.

A new species for me, Luciano.
Brilliant frontal point of view with exceptional sharpness. The zebra stripes on the wings facing the camera justify its name.
I like your composition too.

hallo Luciano
great sharpness picture of this beauty
i like the light and details very much
thanks gr lou

Olá Luciano,
Great, great shot Although the Bg is a bit mixed with the foreground which is somewhat indistinct.
It's a beautiful photo yet.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-05-15 19:33]

Hello Luciano,
A lovely specimen shown from an attractive low POV. The wing markings are so beautiful and the subtle colors contrast nicely with the bright red and black body. The exposure is right on the money. Great shot!!

Hello Luciano

Beautiful macro of this butterfly, with fine frontal POV showing its patterns,
beautiful soft light, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Bonjour Luciano,

la tige et la feuille aident au cadrage de l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Zébré. La netteté est excellente. La lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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