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The Postman Always Rings Twice
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Also known as Piano Key, the Postman Butterfly, Common Postman, or simply Postman (Heliconius melpomene) is one of the heliconiine butterflies found from Mexico to northern South America Several species in the genus have very similar markings and are difficult to distinguish.This is an example of mimicry.
The Postman butterfly has large long wings with an orange stripe down each forewing. It is poisonous and has red patterns on its wings. They tend to look similar to the species Heliconius erato.
The caterpillar feeds on passion flower species. In Central America, the host plants are Passiflora oerstedii and Passiflora menispermifolia. In other places they breed on several other Passiflora species
March 31st, 2013
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