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Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Jul 28, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Mexican Flame Vine (Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides) with a Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia) nectaring

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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Jul 28, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Gorgeous photo, Beverly! Hurray!
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jul 28, 2015 6:43 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Stunning!
Natalie
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 28, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Beverly!
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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Jul 28, 2015 6:49 PM CST
Congratulations on your first banner. It's stunning Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jul 28, 2015 7:05 PM CST
And see the yellow stuff on the proboscis? That's pollen! Zebra Longwings eat pollen as well as nectar. They collect it on the proboscis, secrete an enzyme that breaks it down into liquid, and then they slurp it up. As a result of the added nutrition, they can live up to 9 months! It's also the state butterfly of Florida! Thumbs up
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Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Jul 28, 2015 8:25 PM CST
Thank you all very much. This is a complete surprise. What makes this banner special to me is that it shows the Zebra Heliconian (aka Longwings) all covered with pollen as well as nectaring on the Mexican Flame Vine. This is one of the few butterflies that actually eats pollen as well as nectar. The pollen interacts with a chemical in the body of the butterfly that makes the butterfly offensive to predators which also helps it to live up to 9 months. The dude needs a bib Hilarious! ; you might say he totally into his food.
Definitely one of my favorite butterflies. The host plant is Passiflora.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 29, 2015 5:03 AM CST
What a great banner, Beverly. And congrats on your first one Smiling

That butterfly has some interesting habit. 'needs a bib!' Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Vickie
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Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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GaNinFl
Jul 29, 2015 5:43 AM CST
Hurray! Thumbs up Hurray! Thumbs up Very nice banner!
Stan
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Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Dinu
Jul 29, 2015 11:13 AM CST
Lovely vitrsna, fine banner.
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Jul 29, 2015 11:47 AM CST
I would love to see the pre-cropped version to enjoy the longwings. Just a beautiful banner.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 29, 2015 11:49 AM CST
HamiltonSquare said:I would love to see the pre-cropped version to enjoy the longwings. Just a beautiful banner.


Me too!!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Jul 29, 2015 12:07 PM CST
Happily i will send it to you Leslieray and Vickie. How do you think will be the best way? I will try sending it via Tree Mail. I wonder if a reduced version will show up? As it does on the forums? Well, i'll try and see how it works. Later this evening, i have to leave the house now Smiling
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jul 29, 2015 1:28 PM CST
Lovely, so nice to see butterfly banners. Lovey dubby
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 29, 2015 3:54 PM CST
@vitrsna, you can just post it here in the thread by using the "upload an image" option below your reply. That's how most folks do it. Thanks!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Beverly
Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
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vitrsna
Jul 29, 2015 4:22 PM CST
@blue23rose, I posted it to the Forum "Gardening for Butterflies, Birds, and Bees" before i saw your note here. I made a separate thread "July 29 Banner Unbannered" or something like that, so you wouldn't have to go hunting for it. If i were to use the photo again, i would crop a close up on the entire Zebra Heliconian including the flowers and eliminate some of the background. Smiling

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