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Postman Butterfly

Heliconius melpomene

The postman butterfly shows great variation in colour, but is mainly orange or red to warn predators that it is poisonous if eaten!

measurements

Measurements

Size: Forewing length 3.5 – 3.9cm

habitat

Habitat

This butterfly is found from Mexico to South America.

diet

Diet

Caterpillars feed on passionflower species and adult females have taste receptors on their legs to ensure they lay their eggs on the best plants!

behaviour

Breeding

Females lay their small yellow eggs (around 1.5mm in length) on the leaves of passionflower plants. Caterpillars are white with black spots and spines and an orange head.

threat

Conservation

The postman butterfly has not been classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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