Bug of the Week: Butterfly Identification Answers

Do you remember our post about butterfly identification for beginners?

At long last, here are the answers to the identification quiz:

1. What family does this black, white and blue butterfly belong to?

Mystery-butterfly-1-identificationThe sharply contrasting colors and wings that are long than wide let us know that this is a member of the family Heliconiidae. These butterflies are commonly called the heliconians. The butterfly in the photograph is a Sara longwing, Heliconius sara.

2. This brown, orange and white butterfly has one unique characteristic found in no other families. What is it?

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Can you see the very long nose or snout? This butterfly belongs to the family Libytheidae or snout butterflies.

3. What family does this butterfly belong?

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With its white color and somewhat rounded wings, it is a member of the family Pieridae. These butterflies are commonly called whites, sulphurs, and orange-tips.

How did you do? Do you feel more comfortable identifying butterflies now?

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