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This butterfly was raised from caterpillar, because in the wild, parasitoid wasps kill them. The passion butterfly is a bright orange butterfly in the subfamily Heliconiinae of the family Nymphalidae. Passion butterflies have a chemical defense mechanism, as adults, in which they release odorous chemicals in response to predator sightings. As a result, common predators learn to avoid this species.
The caterpillars I raised were found in my garden in Fort Worth, Texas.
The butterfly was released that morning, after it dried it's wings.
Spotted on Sep 2, 2019
Submitted on May 18, 2020