Species: Heliconius melpomene
Common Name: Madiera
This is a Neotropical
found in Central America to Southern Brazil.
The wingspan is 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 inches.
Most Helicons have very bad tasting body fluids.
Predators are alerted to this by the butterflies
There is great variety of coloration and markings
within this species making identification difficult.