Unusually for butterflies, the adults tend to roost in large groups and return to the same roosting spots at the end of the day. The caterpillar eats hackberry (celtis); the adult sips nectar from the flowers of asters, dogbane, dogwood, goldenrod, sweet pepperbush, and more. While other butterflies live only a few weeks, zebra longwing butterflies live several months. Each link also provides more information about the butterfly's identification and life history. They sometimes go on long migrations. Clicking on the text link will show you a picture of the butterfly and which specific counties in Oklahoma the butterfly is found in.
Live Butterfly Kits; Real Framed Butterflies; Butterfly Eggs are laid in groups on the hackberry plant. Unlike other butterflies, zebra longwings consume pollen as well as nectar. The protein-rich pollen provides more nutrients than nectar alone and is credited as the reason for this species’ longevity. Postman Butterfly – Heliconius eratoCaptive live butterfly photographed at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, ChicagoButterfly Main | Skippers | Butterfly Index Captive longwing butterflies have unusually long lifespans and high fecundity rates, which largely result from their augmented diet. Melpomene, daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, was originally the Greek Muse of Singing but later became the Muse of Tragedy. This is partly because of their unique environmental pressures in which they live with thousands of closely-related look-a-likes that all share similar wing variations to avoid predators. It is a member of the sub-family Heliconiinae of the family Nymphalidae. The Piano Key is more commonly called the Postman butterfly, know in taxonomy terms as Heliconius melpomene. A small butterfly, the Small Postmen is commonly found in Central America and South America and occasionally as far north as Texas. Adult American Snout butterflies look like dead leaves. This will help you decide which Butterflies – Small Postman – Heliconius erato (perhaps subspecies petiverano) Photographed at the Carleton University “Live” Butterfly exhibit in the Fall of 2010. Live Butterfly Kits; Real Framed Butterflies; Butterfly Houses; Butterfly Feeders; Return to … The Piano Key butterfly is on of the Heliconiie butterflies, or longwings, and are found mostly in the neotropics of South and Central America.
Heliconius butterflies have piqued scientific interest for more than 150 years. They are brush-footed butterflies (Family Nymphalidae). Butterfly Pictures: Doris Longwing (Heliconius doris) Return to Butterfly Pictures Home Page. Butterfly Pictures: Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charithonia) Return to Butterfly Pictures Home Page. The following list of butterflies are found in Oklahoma.