Heliconid Mimic Butterfly: Eresia spp.

Heliconid Mimic Butterfly: Eresia spp. Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Heliconid Mimic Butterfly
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Nymphalidae

The butterfly members of this Order of insects include the popular and usually colorful species. Butterfly groups include monarchs, satyrs, dagerwings, leaf-wings, owls, buckeyes, admirals, checkerspots, crecents, fritillaries, heliconids, riodinids, blues, hairstreaks, coppers, whites, orange-tips, sulphurs and swallowtails.

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.