Dryas julia largo, Julia Heliconian

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Dryas julia largo, Julia Heliconian

Freshly emerged adult female

Freshly emerged adult female

Description: 38-43 mm. This species is a large orange butterfly with elongated forewings. Males are brighter orange than females and have a black spot on the forewing. Females are variable but have a brown bar on the forewing. Ventral side is light brown and rather non-descript. 

 

Habitat and Distribution: Common throughout most of the Keys. This species inhabits hammock edges and other areas where passion vines grow. It lives commonly in South Florida and also throughout Central and South America. 

 

Host Plant: Passion Vines (Passiflora sps.)

 

Natural History: Adults have been found in all months of the year in the Keys and is one of the most common species in the upper Keys. It's flight is very rapid and it can be difficult to persue however they often visit flowers. 

 

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