The Orange Tiger Butterfly is also known as the Tiger Butterfly, Banded Orange Butterfly or the Banded Orange Heliconian with its scientific name being Dryadula phaetusa. This type of butterfly is very easy to find at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens in British Columbia due to its bright orange coloring with its black stripes.
The wingspan of the Orange Tiger Butterfly can grow to be about three and a half inches across and its natural habitat ranges from Mexico to Brazil. The adult species of this butterfly feeds on the nectar from the flowers or the droppings from a bird.
The male Orange Tiger Butterfly is a brighter color with more distinct black stripes than the females which have blurry black stripes. Just before the mating season begins, the males will gather together in large numbers on soil that is moist and contains salty minerals. If areas like these are not found they will bother different animals where they will drink the salty substances from their skin.
There is not a tremendous amount of knowledge known about the natural history of the Orange Tiger Butterfly. When you visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia you can observe one for yourself.
Tiger Butterfly, Orange Tiger Butterfly, Dryadula phaetusa, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/10.0, exposure time of 1/250 sec. on ISO 200, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 180mm.
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