Dryas iulia: Julia Heliconian butterfly

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Dryas iulia commonly called the Julia Butterfly, Julia Heliconian, The Flame, or Flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida. There are over 15 subspecies have been described.

Its wingspan ranges from 82 to 92 mm, and it is colored orange [brighter in male specimens] with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds.

Photos: Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, GA.[20120808]

Source: Wikipedia

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