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Isabella Tiger Longwing Butterfly
Isabella Tiger Longwing Butterfly
The Isabella Tiger Butterfly, also called Isabella's Longwing, is one of the Longwing family although not a Heliconian species. It's range is from Mexico to the Amazon, including the Caribbean.
Isabella Tiger Longwing Butterfly
Isabella Tiger Longwing Butterfly
Isabella Tiger Longwing Butterfly
In addition to the tiger stripes on the wings, the body has black and yellow stripes to warn potential predators that it is unpleasant to eat - mimicking similar toxic butterflies.
Isabella Tiger Longwing Butterfly
Isabella Tiger Longwing Butterfly
Isabella Tiger Longwing Butterfly
With its extensive range, it has several subspecies. There are also other "Tiger" longwings and subspecies of all mimic similar-looking toxic butterflies within the same range.
The following butterflies look similar to varying degrees:
Ismenius Tiger, also called Tiger Heliconian, Heliconius ismenius - similar colouring but slightly different banding pattern (also has several subspecies);
Large Tiger, Lycorea cleobaea - larger; Variable Tigerwing Mechanitis menapis; Confused Tigerwing Mechanitis lysimnia; Orange-spotted Tiger Clearwing Mechanitis polymnia; Tiger Mimic Queen, Lycorea halia; Round-spotted Ticlear Hypothyris lycaste; Common Ticlear Hypothyris euclea.