Tiger Longwing (Heliconius hecale)


 
Living image of Tiger Longwing on a flower Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: North, Central and South America. Mexico to Peruvian Amazon.
 
Wingspan: 42-50 mm (1.65-2 in).
 
Larval host plants: Passion vines (Passifloraceae).
 
Habitats: Widely distributed in almost all habitats.
 
Identification: Heliconius spp. butterflies are recognized by large eyes, long antennae, elongated forewing shape, long slender abdomen and distictive color patterns. Distinguished from other Heliconius spp. butterflies by a rounded forewing apex. This species is highly variable, from yellow and black hindwing bands to differnces in the number and color of forewing spots, some being almost entirely black.
 
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