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Heliconid Mimicry Complex - 1: Confused Tigerwing

Mechanitis lysimnia utemaia

Description:

This is one of the 4 Nymphalid mimic species of Heliconidae (the Confused Tigerwing) They were all found on the same day in the same place. No Heliconid model species were seen. The first 4 pictures are of the same individual, the last 2 pictures are of a second individual (the same day and place) of the same species. Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae: Mechanitis lysimnia utemaia.

Habitat:

Within the forest, flying among the trees and bushes, above the river zone. Tropical forest, dry season, Chorreadero Park, 10 km above Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas, Mexico.

Notes:

The 4 Nymphalid species collected on this day, all in the same place are mimics of a Heliconid model, which was not seen. The other 3 species can be viewed: Complex 2: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/165... Complex 3: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/161... Complex 4: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/165...

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago
Confused Tigerwing
Mechanitis lysimnia utemaia Mechanitis lysimnia utemaia (pinned specimens, page 1)


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13 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

All 4 of the Nymphalid mimetic species of Heliconidae found on the same day in the same place are now linked....

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Thank you bayucca so very much. I will fix and link these species together later today so everyone interested can see the whole mimicry complex. What great work!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Incredible bayucca. :)

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Nymphalidae, Ithomiinae, Mechanitis lysimnia utemaia. Same one like this one:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/160...

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Thank you Nuwan, Argy Bee and Adarsha- now we have to sort out all the mimicry going on here.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Very pretty!

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

I am already on the road, so no time to check. Please, make separate spottings as I suggested and I will come back for IDs. These Tigers are sometimes a nightmare...

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

That is right. Now what do we do? They all look the same to me even with the Heliconid and the Ithomiid in a book side by side. What is the 3rd species you see?

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

You have changed the order, so I am not sure which one you referring to: I agree 1, 3 and 4 are the same, 2 is different and 5 is different and 2 and 5 are not the same ones.

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

pretty!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Hola bayuca. If I remember correctly, # 1, 3, and 4 are the same individual on the same leaf taken in sequence.
# 2 and 5 are both different individuals from each other and the one above, but taken in the same locality on the same day, on different leaves. None of them were more than 30 meters apart.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

That's amazing Lauren - the differences are so subtle.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

You have probably three different butterflies there: #1 and #2 to #4 and #5. Please make separate posts of them. I am out for a congress, but I will look on sunday at these ones for an ID.

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.76, Long: -92.97

Spotted on Nov 21, 2012
Submitted on Nov 29, 2012

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