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Julia Butterfly Chichen Itza (2011).<br />
Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the &quot;orange&quot; Batesian mimic complex. This butterfly is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands. It feeds on the nectar of flowers, such as lantanas (Lantana) and Shepherd&#039;s-needle (Scandix pecten-veneris), and the tears of caiman, the eye of which the butterfly irritates to produce tears. Its caterpillars feeds on leaves of passion vines including Passiflora affinis and Yellow Passionflower (P. lutea) in Texas. The species is popular in butterfly houses because it is long-lived and active throughout the day.<br />
Habitat: The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described. Dryas iulia,Geotagged,Mexico,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Julia Butterfly

Chichen Itza (2011).
Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the "orange" Batesian mimic complex. This butterfly is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands. It feeds on the nectar of flowers, such as lantanas (Lantana) and Shepherd's-needle (Scandix pecten-veneris), and the tears of caiman, the eye of which the butterfly irritates to produce tears. Its caterpillars feeds on leaves of passion vines including Passiflora affinis and Yellow Passionflower (P. lutea) in Texas. The species is popular in butterfly houses because it is long-lived and active throughout the day.
Habitat: The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described.

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  1. Interesting description, especially about the caiman tears, lovely capture too. Posted 3 years ago

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''Dryas iulia'' , commonly called the Julia Butterfly, Julia Heliconian, The Flame, or Flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. The sole representative of its genus ''Dryas'', it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described.

Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs.. more

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Uploaded Jul 5, 2016. Captured Sep 11, 2011 16:01 in Unnamed Road, Yucatán, Mexico.
  • SP550UZ
  • f/4.5
  • 10/4000s
  • ISO50
  • 84.24mm