Heliconius hecale

Heliconius hecale, 28 subspecies in Holzinger, 29 on butterfliesofamerica - and not exactly the same ones - and certainly more than one hundred described forms; all this from Mexico to Bolivia.

 

Chiapas, Mexico

 

Santa Rosa, Guatemala, border with el Salvador

 

lago de Coatepeque, el Salvador - 800 m

 

Zacapa, Guatemala, border with Honduras

 

Atlantic side, Honduras & Nicaragua

last two are females

 

North and Central Costa Rica

last two are females

similar looking phenotypes, flying from Mexico to Costa Rica, seem to surround the original population of el Salvador

 

Trujillo, Venezuela

 

Tachira, Venezuela

last three are females

 

Otanche & Boyaca, Colombia

last two are females

 

Valle del Cauca, Colombia

 

Cotacachi West, Ecuador - 100 m

specimens from Panamà and Northern Colombia (East and West) could help understand the transition between Northern phenotypes and these  Western ones that look completely different

 

Napo, Ecuador

last specimen a female

 

Sangay NP North East, Ecuador - 1000 m

 

Sangay NP  East, Ecuador - 1300 m

 

Sangay NP South East, Ecuador - 700 m

 

Loreto, Peru

 

San Martin, Peru

only females

 

Junin, Peru

last three are females

 

Puerto Bermùdez, Peru

 

Cuzco, Peru

 

Chapare, Bolivia

 

Amazonas & Para, Brasil

last two are females

 

Belem, Brasil

there are quite a few species indeed where specimens from South America Atlantic coast look rather like the Pacific coast phenotypes, while, between the two, you have completely different populations?

 

Guyana

last ten are females

 

Bolivar, Venezuela

 

Aragua, Venezuela

 

 

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