Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

Fray

From La Selva Ecolodge, Ecuador.

These frayed wings make for an interesting butterfly profile.  La Selva has a butterfly farm for guests to see many tropical butterfly species in all stages of life.  Based on my Googling, this butterfly seems to be from the genus Heliconius , which is known for its mimicry among its members.  Like Darwin’s finches, their diversity has been used to study speciation.

One thing I love about this image is that if you zoom in, you can see the curled proboscis so well.

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