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The Doris Longwing (Laparus doris) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found from Central America to the Amazon.
Thank you for all kind comments!
Wow. Wide-eyed and smiling, I am.
Excuisite ! butterfly - reminds me of Weidermeyer's Admiral one of my favorites. i'd think this would make a nice Mardi Gra outfit.
What a strikingly beautiful butterfly.
@aditi.812 I don't mind at all. I'm glad someone helps out and points in the right direction. As for the postman, I spotted that as well, here it is: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/712...
Right, forgive the comment spammage, but the red form isn't the Postman butterfly- my mistake. That's a different heliconid.
Hey, I don't think there's a colour distinction between males and females (no evidence in any literature as far as I know) but the species is polymorphic. The white bands on the forewings remain consistent, but the rays on the hindwings can be red (Postman butterfly), pale green/cream (the one above), orange or even blue. And apparently one form is almost completely black too..There's a write up here if you want to have a look. I do love these butterflies though. They're beautifull. Oh and nice shot!
@aditi.812 Thanks, I dind't know there was this white variety. Could it be white is male and red is female, or vice verse?
feeding on Lantana
Lat: 52.75, Long: 5.85
Spotted on Aug 21, 2011 Submitted on Aug 25, 2011
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