21 December 2010

Julia butterfly

Perched on the tendril of a Passiflora plant, the egg of the Julia heliconian butterfly may be safe from hungry ants. This species lays its eggs almost exclusively on this plant's twisted vines.
And here's the butterfly:
Upper photo credit Martin Oeggerli, National Geographic.  Lower photo credit me.


  1. is this named after the anti-old-growth-logging activist that camped in a tree for a year? I think so


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