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Zebra Longwing

Zebra Longwing
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, Leica 35-430
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-19 9:58
Viewed: 3310
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Species:H. charithonia

The caterpillar feeds on Passiflora lutea, (yellow passionflower), Passiflora suberosa (corky stemmed passionvine), and Passiflora biflora (two-flower). The passion flower contains a toxin that gives the zebra longwing an unpleasant taste and makes it poisonous to predators. The adults are unusual among butterflies in that they eat pollen as well as sipping 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.
The Range includes South America north through Central America, West Indies, and Mexico to South Texas and peninsular Florida.
Males patrol for females, and are also attracted to female chrysalids. A male will wait on the chrysalis and mate with the female as she is about to emerge. He then deposits on her abdomen a chemical that repels other males. Eggs are laid in groups of 5-15 on leaf buds or leaves of the host plant; caterpillars feed at night on leaves. Adults roost communally in groups of 25-30 individuals.

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Excellent capture, sharp details, nice colors and light,TFS,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-19 12:00]

Hi Greg. You have taken this with a fine top POv so we can see the large wings. Taken with good detail and rich colours. Looks good on the bright marigold flowers. Well done TFs.

Hi Greg,

Amazing capture of this long-winged butterfly!

Good use of daylight, well sharped facial part with nice B/W which give wonderful contrast to the green sorroundings.


Paras Bhalla

Hi Greg..
Excellent catch with great pose.Nice open wings fantastic pattens...Very clear details and sharpness.
Beautiful composition.
Kind regards

  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2009-07-19 16:48]

..and it really has loooooong wings, wow, great capture, nice pov onto the upperside of the wings showing us a marvellous
black and white pattern; sharpness and details are very good as well as the addition of the yellow and orange flowers.
well done & best wishes, thor.

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