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Julia Heliconian

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 4 December 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

This graceful orange southern beauty has long narrow wings outlined in a thin black line. While females usually have more black on their wings, the males are often a brighter orange. The Julia is a swift flier that enjoys tropical woodlands. The female can be observed laying her eggs in a shady location on Passiflora vines. An interesting trait common to the longwinged butterflies is their specialized proboscis that allows them to feed on pollen. They are able to get amino acids from the pollen that they cannot get from nectar. This unique diet allows them to live longer than many other butterflies. Enjoy the arrival of this beautiful creature to your garden; they may be there a while!

Spotted at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on September 26, 2017.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 320 105 mm

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Ginnie from Netherlands

To think these beauties have such a story to tell!!! That's Mother Nature for you.

4 Dec 2017 6:31am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Wouahhhh. Magnifique et beau contraste de couleurs. )

4 Dec 2017 7:02am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, focus & colors!

4 Dec 2017 8:48am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


4 Dec 2017 9:00am

Gérard from Allauch, France

Beatiful color on these green leaves

4 Dec 2017 9:41am

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain


4 Dec 2017 11:18am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Gorgeous - the light and framing are also lovely

4 Dec 2017 1:48pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

another beautiful wide wingspan butterfly shot

4 Dec 2017 2:06pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

a very extraordinary color, cool frame

4 Dec 2017 2:33pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Wonderful element of Mother Nature.

4 Dec 2017 2:36pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Beautiful butterfly!

4 Dec 2017 2:40pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Aw!! This is sooooooooooooooooooooo pretty!

4 Dec 2017 3:08pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A lovely specimen, very well lit and focused upon with a groovy landing pad too !

4 Dec 2017 3:41pm

willy from Belgium

une vraie beauté Steven

excellent travail !!

4 Dec 2017 4:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely image of this orange beauty.

4 Dec 2017 6:39pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

The background is a work of art in itself, but nothing to compare to this
magnifcent speciment, superb capture !~

4 Dec 2017 8:12pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome! I love it!

4 Dec 2017 10:11pm

Michael Rawluk from Canada

That is wonderful.

5 Dec 2017 2:21am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is a spectacular image. Gorgeous color. Wonderful narrative information!

5 Dec 2017 2:52am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice contrasting colors, and I like the overlapping leaves.

5 Dec 2017 3:15am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelel macor ce papillon avec les ailes grandes ouvertes sueprbe captage.
Un grand merci et belle journée

5 Dec 2017 3:59am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Very beautiful.

5 Dec 2017 4:14am

Remus from Portugal

Looks like copper.
Excelent close-up.
Superb catch!

5 Dec 2017 5:38pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Beautifully captured (not literally...)!

6 Dec 2017 3:03am

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