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julia butterfly
yellow black butterfly
black and orange moth
heliconius
Zebratail (Heliconius charithonia), Grossman Hammock, Everglades, FL, USA.
heliconius
Zebratail (Heliconius charithonia), Grossman Hammock, Everglades, FL, USA. 2007. (Same individual as above) This butterfly only lays its eggs on Passiflora spp. Vines. The eggs hatch and the caterpillars eat the vine. The vine contains toxic glycoprotein that the butterfly has adapted to digest. However, vines with high levels of the toxins can still be difficult to digest, leading to the death of the caterpillars. For this reason the butterfly is very selective where it lays it eggs. It will not simply dump eggs like many moths will.
heliconius
heliconius
heliconius
monarch-like butterfly
Monarch butterfly?, Bahia Honda, Florida Keys, FL, USA.
orange butterfly
Fairchild Botanical Garden, Miami. FL, USA, 2007. Butterfly is on a Passiflora sp. flower. If this is a Heliconius or Julia sp. then it is probably laying eggs. They only lay eggs on Passiflora sp.
monarch-like butterfly