Spend a moment in our Butterfly Rainforest with Ryan talking about the Golden longwing butterfly, Heliconius hecale, from Mexico and into South America. Like other longwing species, they can outlive many butterflies because they eat nutrient-rich pollen that provides more nourishment than a flower’s nectar.

Golden longwings have previously been called tiger longwings, but that common name can also be used for the species Heliconius ismenius, so we use a less confusing common name here in the exhibit.

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