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Parisota (heliconius doris butterfly)

 

This was taken at Spirogyra butterfly garden in Costa Rica.

 

I like my D90 more each day!

 

This picture is without any manipulation, just as it came out of the camera.

 

Heliconius

From Wikipedia

 

Not to be confused with Heliconia.

 

Synonyms

 

Ajantis Hübner, 1816

Apostraphia Hübner, 1816

Blanchardia Buchecker, 1880 non Castelnau, 1875: preoccupied)

Crenis Hübner, 1821

Heliconia Godart 1819

Heliconius Latreille, 1804

Laparus Billberg 1820

Migonitis Hübner, 1816 (non Rafinesque, 1815: preoccupied)

Neruda Turner 1976

Phlogris Hübner, 1825

Podalirius Gistel, 1848

Sunias Hübner, 1816

Sicyonia Hübner, 1816

 

Heliconius comprise a colorful and widespread brush-footed butterfly genus distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the New World. These butterflies have been a subject of many studies due to their abundance and relative ease in breeding under laboratory conditions, as well as due to the extensive mimicry that occurs in this group. Studying this model group is helping scientists to understand how species are formed and why they are so diverse. They are usually unpalatable and are models for Müllerian mimicry by unrelated butterflies. Hybrid speciation has been found to occur in this genus.

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Taken on March 9, 2009