Small Postman (Heliconius erato)


 
Living image of a Small Postman on a flower Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: Central and South America. Central America to southern Brazil.
 
Wingspan: 55-80 mm (2.25 - 3.25 in).
 
Larval host plants: Passion vines (Passifloraceae).
 
Habitats: Tropical forest and lowlands; in direct sunlight (see H. melpomene).
 
Identification: Heliconius spp. butterflies are recognized by large eyes, long antennae, elongated forewing shape, long slender abdomen and distictive color patterns. Almost all variations also occur in The Postman (see Heliconius melpomene). Identified by long antennae, white spot on forewing tip, and pale bands on leading edge or hindwing.
 
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