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Banded Orange Butterfly

Butterflies / Dryadula phaetusa
Length Up to 3.5"
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The vertical lines on the wings of this species are an example of a disruptive pattern that helps keep the butterfly safe from birds. The only species in it’s entire genus, the Banded Orange Butterfly has several nicknames such as the Orange Tiger and Banded Orange Heliconian. Banded Orange Butterflies have been spotted in the wild sipping the tears of crocodiles for their salt.

Brazil to Central Mexico
Forest clearings and riverbanks
Nectar, fluids from sand, mud, and dung
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