Heliconius burneyiMargarita Beltrán
Early stages: Eggs are cream and approximately 1.1 x 0.9 mm (h x w). Females usually place 1 to 30 eggs on growing shoots of the host plant. Mature larvae have a maroon and black body, with black head and yellow scoli, length is around 1 cm. Caterpillars are gregarious. (Brown, 1981).
Heliconius burneyi is distributed in the Amazon Basin. 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. burneyi occurs from sea level to 1,800 m in tall forests. Usually individuals fly rapidly and in the middlestory. Females mate multiply. Adults roost solitary at night at 2-10 m above ground (Brown, 1981).
Hostplant: H. burneyi larvae feed primarily on plants from the subgenera Astrophea and Distephana (Passifloraceae) (Brown, 1981).
Brown K. S. 1981 The Biology of Heliconius and Related Genera. Annual Review of Entomology 26, 427-456.
Hübner J. [1761-1826] 1831 Zuträge... Augsburg, Jacob Hübner. 3: 1-48 (2 July 1827-31 December 1831]; 4: pls. [104-131].
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