Longwings, Heliconians & Fritillaries (Subfamily Heliconiinae)

 

SUBFAMILY DESCRIPTION: Longwings are members of the Family
Nymphalidae. They are richest in the tropics, but several genera are
prominent in the Northern Hermisphere, including the fritillaries or
silverspots and the lesser fritillaries. The adults of several species are
distasteful, and many other species mimic the distasteful butterflies
of this subfamily. Adults are long-lived, with some as long as six
months. Males patrol in search of females. The adults of Genus
Heliconius are unique in that they intentionally collect pollen in their
proboscis and then absorb its proteins.

 

 

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