Hecale Longwing – Heliconius hecale zuleika
Heliconius Butterfly Calendar
Heliconius comprise a colorful and widespread brush-footed butterfly genus distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the New World. These butterflies utilize Passion flower plants as their larval food source and rely on bright wing color patterns to signal their distastefulness to potential predators (aposematism). Heliconius butterflies benefit from mimicking other unpalatable species of butterfly because doing so spreads the cost of educating predators.
Featured in The Wonder of Wings on July 4/2012
Featured in Calendar Shop on June 23/2011
Featured in Closeups in Nature November 18/2010
Featured in All That is Nature November 15/2010
Featured in Live and let Live November 10/2010
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