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Banded Orange Heliconian

Dryadula phaetusa

Description:

Dryadula phaetusa, also known as the Banded Orange Heliconian, Banded Orange, or Orange Tiger, is a species of butterfly (an insect). The sole representative of its genus, the Banded Orange Heliconian is native from Brazil to central Mexico, and in summer it can be found rarely as far north as central Kansas. Its wingspan ranges from 86 to 89 mm, and it is colored a bright orange with thick black stripes in males, and a duller orange with fuzzier black stripes in females. It feeds primarily on the nectar of flowers and bird droppings, and its caterpillar feeds on passion vines including Passiflora tetrastylis. It is generally found in lowland tropical fields and valleys.

Notes:

Seen at the Butterfly Conservatory at the Museum of Natural History


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Pochempie
Pochempie 3 years ago

Wow nice colours!

New York City, New York, USA

Lat: 40.78, Long: -73.97

Spotted on Jan 31, 2009
Submitted on Dec 9, 2011

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