Banded Orange Butterfly Dryadula phaetusa

Banded Orange Butterfly
Banded Orange Butterfly emerged from chrysalis
The Banded Orange Butterfly, one of the Heliconian or Longwing family, is native from Mexico through Central America to Brazil. It is the only butterfly in the Dryadula genus. It is sometimes called the Orange Tiger. The male, above, is brighter orange with darker, more-defined banding.
Banded Orange Butterfly
Banded Orange Butterfly
Banded Orange Butterfly
The female, above, has a duller, pinky-orange with less sharply-defined, browner banding.
Banded Orange Butterfly
Banded Orange Butterfly
The adults drink nectar and eat pollen and bird droppings, giving them improved longevity over other, non-Heliconian butterflies. The caterpillars eat Passion Flower vines.