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Zebra Longwing

Zebra Longwing
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Copyright: Gaj Balasubramaniam (rubic_cube) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 11] (51)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II, Calumet 72mm CPL Multi-coated
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-19 13:52
Viewed: 2629
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Zebra Longwing prefers the warm weather of the southern United States and Mexico. The long wings are black with yellow stripes. This is one of the few butterflies that can eat pollen which allows it to live longer then most butterflies. At night, large numbers of Zebras will sleep together. When a male Zebra is ready to mate it will find a female chrysalis and open it just enough to mate. The average wingspan of a Zebra Longwing is 3.

Host plants: Passionflower
Nectar plants: Lantana, Hibiscus, Pentas

Source: http://www.simplybutterflies.com/Backyard_Butterflies.html#zebralongwing

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a special photograph of the colorful species of butterfly. wonderful timing and background. good work.

Hi Gaj,
Nicely captured in midflight.

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