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Passion butterfly

Agraulis vanillae


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.

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Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2019
Submitted on May 18, 2020

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