Golden Helicon or Tiger Longwing

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    The Golden Helicon, Tiger Longwing or Hecales Longwing (Heliconius hecale) is a Heliconiid butterfly that occurs from Mexico to the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon.
    The orange, yellow, and black butterfly is found in the tropical rainforests and open pastures between sea level and 1500 m. The wingspan is 55 - 70 mm.

    The longwing butterflies, about 50 species, distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the New World, are also known as Heliconians (or Heliconiid butterflies). They are brightly colored butterflies with long forewings. These butterflies utilize Passion flower plants as their larval food source and rely on bright wing color patterns to signal their distastefulness to potential predators. During the day, these active butterflies entertain guests in the butterfly houses as they fly from flower to flower but little do guests know that each evening, the Longwings participate in another fascinating behavior known as communal roosting.
    This Golden Helicon had been taken in the butterfly house Vlindervallei (Butterfly Valley) of the Orchideeënhoeve (Orchid Farm) in Luttelgeest, the Netherlands.
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    De Tiger Longwing (Heliconius Hecale) - er is geen Nederlandse naam voor deze vlinder - is een lid uit de grote tropische Nymphalidae familie, ook wel passiebloem- en parelmoervlinders genoemd.
    Deze oranje, geel en zwart gekleurde vlinder is te vinden in de tropische regenwouden en open weilanden tussen zeeniveau en 1700 m van Mexico tot in het Peruaanse en Braziliaanse Amazonegebied. De vleugelspanwijdte is 55 à 70 mm. De vlinder kan tot 9 maanden oud worden, een extreem lange tijd. De meeste tropische vlinders leven maar een paar weken.

    Deze opname is gemaakt in de Vlindervallei, deel van de Orchideeënhoeve in Luttelgeest (Flevoland, Noordoostpolder). De Vlindervallei is met circa 1750 m2 de grootste en ook een van de mooiste overdekte vlindertuinen van Europa.
    Tussen rotsformaties en prachtige bloemen fladderen enorm veel tropische vlinders rond uit vooral zuidoost Azië, Afrika en Midden- en Zuid Amerika langs kabbelende beekjes en kleurrijke nectarplanten, de Orchideeënhoeve noemt zelf ruim 2500. Er zijn ook vogels en leguanen.
    De vlindervallei maakt onderdeel uit van de Orchideeënhoeve en is daar een van de vier overdekte tropische thematuinen. Naast duizenden vaak zeldzame orchideeën zijn er ook vele andere prachtige tropische bloemen, planten en vlinders te zien en te fotograferen. De orchideeënkwekerij kan ook bezocht worden. Info Orchideeënhoeve: ( www.orchideeenhoeve.nl )
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