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Zebra Hairstreak Butterfly

The Zebra Hairstreak (Panthiades bathildis) is a beautiful butterfly with a striking zebra-like pattern, black with white stripes and orange coloration near the head and tail. It is sometimes called the Zebra Cross-Streak.

Like other hairstreaks, it is difficult for predators to tell the front, or the back, of the butterfly. The ends of the wings look like antennae, providing a better chance of survival against predators.

It ranges from extreme southern Texas, where it is uncommon, southward into Mexico, Central America and northern Brazil.

Zebra Hairstreak Butterfly
Zebra Hairstreak Butterfly

 

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