At the Cincinnati Zoo in World of the Insect

The passion flower butterfly (Heliconius melpomene) belongs to an extremely variable group of Heliconids that several other butterfly groups mimic. As with the Monarch butterfly, this butterfly advertises its unpalatability with characteristic orange and black warning coloration. Other groups of butterflies that are more tasty, benefit from mimicking this butterfly. One of these impostors is the Eresia spp. which was found perched on the same wire.


  • Where to see them: Mexico to Northern South America

what is a passion flower butterfly's habitat

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