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Zebra Longwing 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. Butterfly,CloseUp,Detail,Florida,Geotagged,Heliconius charithonia,Macro,Single,Spring,United States,Wet Lands,Wild,Zebra,Zebra Longwing,nature,photo by T.G,zebra heliconian Click/tap to enlarge

Zebra Longwing

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.

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  1. Very educational post, thanks for sharing. Posted 3 years ago

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The Zebra Longwing or Zebra Heliconian is a species of butterfly belonging to the subfamily Heliconiinae of the Nymphalidae. It was declared the official butterfly for the state of Florida in the United States in 1996.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by nomad2326
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Uploaded Jul 4, 2016. Captured Apr 17, 2016 08:58 in 1353 NW 129th Way, Sunrise, FL 33323, USA.
  • NIKON D3200
  • f/5.6
  • 1/100s
  • ISO200
  • 300mm