Monday, February 5, 2018

Grinning Heliconian

Heliconius cydno goes by several different common names, including Grinning Heliconian and Cydno Longwing. This butterfly ranges fro Mexico to northern South America. It is usually found in the forest understory.

Grinning Heliconians may be examples of Müllerian mimicry, when clusters of distasteful or poisonous creatures look similar—and thus warning potential predators. These heliconians also have wing clicking behavior, which is relatively rare in butterflies. The sound may distract predators or attract mates.

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