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Feb 18, 2014 7:19 PM

Help with Identification of these butterflies


I would be  very grateful if you could help me with successful identification of the above butterflies - I'm particularly stuck with the ? 4 postman - images 7,8, 9 and 11- I think they are Heliconius melpomone, but they can't all be the same thing. I would like to be accurate.


Again, most grateful for your assistance.


Kind Regards



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    Apr 23, 2014 12:08 PM (in response to Chris)
    Re: Help with Identification of these butterflies



    Since you didn't get an ID on this forum yet, let me suggest some sites/forums that could help you:


    Project Noah "is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere".


    BugGuide.Net "Identification, Images, & Information For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin For the United States & Canada"


    What’s That Bug? "Do you have a bug you need identified? Do you want to submit an interesting photo of a bug?"


    iSpot "Learn more about wildlife, share your interest with a friendly community and get help identifying what you have seen".


    I don't know if experts can ID the bumblebee from this photo alone.


    Best wishes,



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    May 9, 2014 9:17 PM (in response to Chris)
    Re: Help with Identification of these butterflies

    Numbers 1 and 3 are Lime Butterflies /Citrus Swallowtails-----Papilio demoleus.

    Number 2 is a Crimson Patch----Chlosyne janais

    Number 4 is a Glasswing butterfly -------Greta oto

    Numbers 5,7,8,9,and 11 are all Heleconia butterflies or Longwings .I presume these were taken at a butterfly house ,in which case they are probably hybrid species .There is a website www.Heliconius .com ,which has a few examples to toy with..The black and orange one could be a Tiger Longwing .

    Number 6 is a Plain Tiger butterfly-------Danaus chrysippus.

    Number 10 is a Malachite butterfly ------Siproeta stelenes.

    Number 12 is a Common Sailor butterfly -------Neptis hylas.

    I am not sure about number 13 ,some sort of Swallowtail .

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