Postman Butterfly Heliconius melpomene amaryllis on leaves. Family nymphalidae genus heliconius species melpomene subspecies amaryllis Heliconius melpomene, the postman butterfly, common postman or simply postman, is a brightly colored butterfly found throughout Mexico and Central America. H. melpomene was one of the first butterfly species observed to forage for pollen, a behavior that is common in other groups but rare in butterflies. Predominately black with either red or yellow stripes across the forewings. Dorsal wing view.

Postman Butterfly Heliconius melpomene amaryllis on leaves
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