The Small Postman Butterfly Closeup by Dennis Stewart
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A macro shot of a beautiful Postman Butterfly.

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Source: Wikipedia

Heliconius erato is commonly known under a variety of names, such as the “Red Postman”, the “Small Postman”, the “Red Passion Flower Butterfly”, or the “Crimson-Patched Longwing”. It is one of about 40 different Neotropical species belonging to the genus Heliconius. The species is remarkably variable in color and form throughout northern South America, and its various appearances can be difficult to distinguish between various other Heliconius butterflies such as Heliconius sara, also known as the Sara Longwing. Particularly hard to distinguish is the related butterfly Heliconius melpomene, or “The Postman”, which mimics almost all the color forms of Heliconius erato; color forms are synchronized between the two throughout their common habitats. Heliconius erato is up to about 2.25 inches in wingspan with a jerky unelegance in flight.

Like Heliconius charitonius, H. erato is one of the few butterflies that collects and digests pollen, conferring considerable longevity to the adults (several months). Adults roost in groups, returning to the same location each night.

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  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1about 5 years ago

  • Thank you so much!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • DigitallyStill
    DigitallyStillabout 5 years ago

    Simply gorgeous! WTG!

    Francine
    Digitallystill

  • Thank you so much!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 5 years ago

    beautiful butterfly beautifully captured :)

  • Thank you so much!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Dennis

  • Thank you so much!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Edge-of-dreams
    Edge-of-dreamsabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous !!

  • Thank you so much!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessabout 5 years ago

    Nice work Dennis

  • Thank you so much!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • msjinney
    msjinneyabout 5 years ago

    Omg-thats so perfect Dennis..I am just in the door and had to see whats new for a sec…and wowe..that proboscis -such detail and texture on the body and wings/colour-this is wonderful!
    -jinneyx

  • Thanks Ms. Jinney!! – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Perfect!!

  • Thank you so much!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartabout 5 years ago

    Awesome Dennis, really beautiful!

  • Thank you so much!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • DragonflyDancer
    DragonflyDancerabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture!!

  • Thank you so much Sabrina!!! -Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart


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