Heliconid Mimic Butterfly: Eresia spp.


Common Name: Heliconid Mimic Butterfly

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Nymphalidae

The Melitainae nymphalid butterflies are known to mimic Ithomiid and Heliconid butterflies. This butterfly was found feeding in Brazil right next to the species it mimicked. A congregation had gathered to imbibe minerals found in human sweat deposited by entomologists obliged to use this primitive hand rail to negotiate a particularly muddy section of the trail.