Dryas iulia alcionea
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 Mimicry mimic complex.
At the Beach of the Caribbean Sea, near Chuspa, Miranda, Venezuela.
Very interesting fact! It feeds on the tears of caiman and turtles, the eye of which the butterfly irritates to produce tears!! Isn't that cool! Also an interesting trait common to the longwinged butterflies is their specialized proboscis that allows them to feed on pollen. They are able to get amino acids from the pollen that they cannot get from nectar. This unique diet allows them to live longer than many other butterflies.
Lat: 10.62, Long: -66.32
Spotted on Jan 22, 2017
Submitted on Feb 5, 2017