Butterflies of the
Amazon and Andes
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - HELICONIINI
Manu cloudforest, 1700m, Madre de Dios, Peru ©
The tribe Heliconiini, colloquially known as Longwings, includes 71
species, all confined exclusively to the neotropics.
Heliconiini includes the genera Heliconius,
There are 2 members of the
genus Podotricha, both characterised by
their angular wings which are quite unlike those of other
Heliconius telesiphe, which
occurs in the same areas as Podotricha
telesiphe, is a different insect, in which the median pink
bar runs parallel to the outer pink bar, meeting the costa instead
of diverting to the base of the wings. It also has a different wing
shape, being rounded at the forewing apex, and unscalloped on the
is an uncommon but widespread species occuring from Colombia to
occurs at elevations between about 1500-2600m in the eastern Andes.
Manu cloudforest, 1800m, Madre de Dios, Peru ©
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Heliconiine butterflies, including
Podotricha, are characterised by having a
delicate fluttering flight, particularly when hovering around flowers.
Both sexes visit Lantana,
Senecia for nectar and typically spend 2 or 3 minutes visiting
several flower heads on a particular plant before moving off in search