Male

 

wingspan : 78 mm


Heliconius numata is a butterfly from the Amazon Basin, and it enjoys an incredible number of subspecies - thirty in Holzinger’s book !


Heliconius numata lenaeus flies in the Southern part of Ecuador Oriente ; seen on the Sardinayacu trail, at Pablo Sexto and near Palora, 700/1350 m.


in all those places H. n. lenaeus flies together with H. n. bicoloratus, and we only saw one possible "cross-breed"; it is not obvious that they be ssp of the same species ?

Heliconius numata lenaeus cerca de Palora
Heliconius numata lenaeus cerca de Palora
Heliconius numata lenaeus al rìo Palora
Heliconius numata lenaeus cerca de Macas
Heliconius numata lenaeus cerca de Pablo Sexto
Heliconius numata lenaeus cerca de Méndez
Heliconius numata lenaeus cerca de Méndez

pictures taken between Palora and Pablo Sexto (less than 50 km NS).

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