Heliconius ismenius telchinia: Tiger-stripped Long-wing butterfly

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The Ismenius Tiger or Tiger Heliconian [Heliconius ismenius] is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family found in Central America and northern South America. They are highly populous as south as Ecuador and Venezuela and as north as southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

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The Heliconius ismenius are more commonly called the tiger-striped long wing butterfly, derived from its long butterfly wing structure as well as the beautiful burnt orange and black stripes, which resemble the stripes of a tiger coat.

Butterfly shown in photos is subspecies Heliconius ismenius telchinia.

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

Source: Wikipedia

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