Heliconius erato

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Heliconius erato

[Linnaeus 1758]

Other names: small postman, the red passion flower butterfly, or the crimson patched longwing



The species is remarkably variable in colour and form throughout northern South America, depending on location, and its various appearances can be difficult to distinguish from various other Heliconius butterflies such as Heliconius sara, also known as the Sara longwing
Photos have been taken at Oasi Sant Alessio aviary



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