Heliconius besckeiMargarita Beltrán
A Heliconius species belonging to the "silvaniform" group and exhibiting the common mimetic pattern or red band on forewing and yellow band in the hindwing.
Early stages: Eggs are yellow and approximately 1.2 x 0.9 mm (h x w). Females usually place 1 to 5 eggs on growing shoots of the host plant. Mature larvae have a white body and black spots, black scoli, and orange head ; length is around 1.7 cm. Caterpillars are gregarious (Brown, 1981).
Heliconius besckei is distributed in South Brazil. The map below shows an approximate representation of the geographic distribution of this species. The original data used to draw these maps are derived from Brown (1979) which is available at Keith S. Brown Jr. (1979). Ecological Geography and Evolution in Neotropical Forests.
H. besckei occurs from sea level to 2,500 m in subtropical forests. Usually individuals fly rapidly in the middlestory. Females mate multiply and adults roost in loose groups at night at 2-10 m above ground on twigs or tendrils.
Hostplant: H. besckei larvae feed primarily on plants from the subgenera Granadilla and Dysosmioides (Passifloraceae) (Brown, 1981).
Brown K. S. 1981 The Biology of Heliconius and Related Genera. Annual Review of Entomology 26, 427-456.
Ménétriés, Edouard [1802_1861]1855-57. 1857 Enumeratio corporum animalium Musei Imperialis Academiae Scientiarum Petropolitanae. Classis insecto-rum. Ordo lepidopterorum. Petropoli, Eggers et Soc.; Lipsiae, Leop. Voss. 1: xv , 1-66 , 67-97 ,  pp., pls. 1-6 (December 1855); 2: vi , 67-112 ,  , 99-144 ,  pp., pls. 7-14 (September 1857).
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