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Longwing Butterflies

Brightly colored butterflies with long forewings, Longwing Butterfly varieties have unusually long life spans. In general, these butterflies may live for several months; which is much longer than most other butterflies. Because the larvae of most longwings feed on passion vines (which have noxious chemicals that are carried over to the adult butterflies), predators avoid eating the butterflies. Then, beyond sipping nectar, adult Longwing Butterflies are also avid pollen eaters. That provides more nutrients needed for a long life.

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Erato Heliconian
Erato Heliconian
Sarah Longwing
Sarah Longwing
Wings Wide
Wings Wide
Sun Dappled
Sun Dappled
Delicate Landing
Delicate Landing
Erato Heliconian
Erato Heliconian
Zebra Longwing
Zebra Longwing
Double Butterflies
Double Butterflies
Julia Heliconian
Julia Heliconian
Vibrant
Vibrant
Zebra Long Wing
Zebra Long Wing
Julia Heliconian  Male
Julia Heliconian Male