Red Passion Flower Butterfly


Common Name: Red Passion Flower Butterfly

Order Name: Lepidoptera

Family Name: Heliconidae

This Red Passion Flower butterfly 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. This Heliconid butterfly was photographed in Brazil and feed on Passion Vine and has a whitish caterpillar covered with spines. At night, these butterflies congregate.