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Zebra Longwing

Zebra Longwing
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 5:25
Viewed: 3691
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Heliconius charitonius - Zebra Longwing

The Zebra Longwing butterfly
is found year-round in the Southern U.S. from Florida to Texas, and during the summers extends its range along the Atlantic coast to North Carolina.

It is easy to identify because of the long black wings with yellow stripes, thin abdomen and long antennae. The wing pattern with bright yellow stripes warns predators of its nauseating taste.

The female will lay her eggs on passion vine (Passiflora spp.) where the larvae will feed in groups.

The chrysalis is brown and resembles a dead leaf. The adult males are attracted to female chrysalids just before they emerge – what a strange character!!

The caterpillars are white with fine transverse bands and six rows of black spines

The adult may live up to nine months and feeds entirely on the nectar of passion flowers.

The Zebra Longwing prefers shady habitats and is commonly found along forest edges and shady gardens.

The butterfly roosts at night in a flock and returns to the same roost each night.

The Zebra Longwing is the state butterfly of Florida.

This butterfly was at the Thames Butterfly and Orchid House in Thames, Coromandel.


Silke, extramundi, magiqa, livios, dkaved, wallhalla15, ellis49, scottevers7, cecilia, Jamesp has marked this note useful
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Howdy Janice,
while I am doing b'flies, I may as well do one more...;)
Too bad this butterfly is obscuring the colourful flower.
What flower is it that it is so attracted to?

I like the diagonal compo and interesting lighting in the b/g.
Tfs, Jay

hi janice,
nice shot, the butterfly has faced bad times, the pov is nice, the bg is lovely, well saturated colour tones, composition is good & the simple black frame suits the shot well,
tfs & regards

Hi Janice,
it's an older one but we still can see its beauty. You catched it with wide open wings on the colourful flower, a beautiful arrangement, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

It is not easy to take beauty out of an old and decadent buterfly, and you did great here. When you look at it you can notice the difficulties it has gone through in its life, but still seems proud and determined to keep beautiful :)
Very nice composition, colours and details too.
I liked to see this one, TFS and regards, Felipe.

Hi Janice,
beautiful photo of a very special butterfly of a kind I have never seen. Butterflies seem to have been more rare in Sweden during the latest summers, which worries me. I do not know the reason.

This specie is a real beauty! I love to see its wings spread that way with this nice contrast, details and composition. The little red flower is really a lovely element that puts some great color in the picture. This is a very nice capture with beautiful BG. Well done! Thanks,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-08 11:53]

Janice, a beauty.

Great colors, pov and composition.

I like saturation and contrast too.

bonjour janice
ce papillon a unetres grande envergure!
le POV et le BG sont superbes,jolies couleurs egalement.

hello JANICE
magnifique ta photo de papillon, une beauté, net, couleurs supers, tout est bien, bravo amitiès

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-03-08 15:23]

Hi Janice,
This is an amazing looking butterfly.....not difficult to see why it got its name.A lovely composition with its wings spread from top left to bottom right.Would be nice to also see some more of that attractive flower it is sitting on.Good detail and clarity....well done.
Regards, David

Hello Janice,
this is a very nice shot from the Zebra longwing. Great POV, excellent sharpness and exposure. This is a great composition. Thank you my friend.
Greetings to Aukland

Hi Janice,
a nice picture of this butterfly who is not in the best shape. Good details, well composed and good exposure.
Well done, my friend.

Today is was and early spring day, quite warm, sunny and blue sky.
I have been away from TN more than ome week, because of
bad internet connection but I'm back now.

Hi Janice,
A very good frame filling diagonal composition. He is past his prime and in declining condition. Still beautiful though. Nice colors and sharp detail. I feel and look just like that butterfly.

Wonderful colour combination Janice, good timing with the wings outstretched. I like your presentation of this beautiful butterfly.
Well done...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-12 3:17]

Hi Janice

Nice shot of this butterfly - well composed and good colour saturation. TFS

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-13 23:14]

Superb composition, Janice -- I love the diagonal here
Great colours and details and perfect dof (with a good out-of-focus BG)
(back with :) very much later -- so sorry!

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