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Red Postman Butterfly

Heliconius erato

Description:

The Red Postman or Small Postman is one of the few butterflies that collects and digests pollen adding several months to their longevity. The Common Postman - Heliconius melpomene, mimics the Red Postman and can be distinguished from H. erato by three red dots and a yellowish white stripe on the underside near the thorax. H. erato has 4 red dots.

Habitat:

Mexico south to Brazil. Tropical & subtropical forests and edges. Host plants: various passion-vines (Passiflora species).

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4 Comments

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Thanks ianmaton!

ianmaton
ianmaton 8 years ago

A stunner. Excellent detail in the photograph.

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 8 years ago

Thanks aveclairepod!

aveclairepod
aveclairepod 8 years ago

Awesome!

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Mexico

Spotted on Feb 22, 2013
Submitted on Mar 13, 2013

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