Thursday, March 28, 2013

Heleconius besckei

Heleconius besckei in the butterfly room at the San Diego Safari Park. The reference sheets listed Heliconius melpomene, which, by the white splotches on the wing, this is apparently not. The genus Heliconius is fairly large and widespread through South America. The different species also appear to interbreed, causing some taxonomic confusion. Heliconius species pupate on Passiflora (Passion fruit) vines.

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