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Zebra-Striped hairstreak

Panthiades bathildis ( C. Felder & R. Felder, 1865).


The striking zebra pattern of Bathildis serves to divert the eyes predators away from the head and body of the butterfly, and towards the "false antennae" tails. It creates a "back to front" illusion that deceives lizards and birds, tricking them into aiming their attack the wrong part of the butterfly. The result is that butterfly is able to make its escape in the opposite direction.


Tropical/ Subtropical moist broadleaf forest from México.


It was observed on the outskirts of the city, in an urban area where there is a natural lagoon called " Lizards".

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Rubens Araujo
Rubens Araujo 5 years ago

Beautiful !!!!!

Francisco Ramírez
Francisco Ramírez 5 years ago

Agradezco mucho el tiempo que te tomaste para comentar, admirar y valorar mi foto LaurenZarate; Saludos !!!
Y como bien una de las mariposas mas bellas que he podido observar a los alrededores de donde vivo en el Puerto de Veracruz.

LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Hi Pakko, you have a wonderful shot of the upper surface! I also saw this butterfly in Veracruz (near Minatitlan) but never saw one with the wings open! Beautiful! And the two sides are so different.

Veracruz, Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave, Mexico

Spotted on Jun 30, 2015
Submitted on Jul 22, 2015

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