This looks like a heliconius to me but i haven't been able to discover what kind. You can't see it in the photo, but the antenae clubs are yellow and so are the legs. I've never noticed a bright red dot on the inside wing near the body of the various heliconius that come from the passiflora. The little slice of outer wing peeking out is orange with a thin black trim, but from the inside wing pattern it looks like there could be barring or patches on the outer wing. I did some very specific searches on the internet and came up with 4 and 5 hits. good grief, i usually get at least ten thousand hits even when i make a mistake in the search criteria. Any ideas? Thankyou.
Butterfly ID Please
Noted that Daves Garden has examples of Julia which shows small red dot.
This message was edited Dec 30, 2012 12:30 PM
Thank you shorthog...some of the images look very much like my butterfly although i've had a lot of julias come out of the passiflora and they have been much smaller than this one. still, i see the image of the yellow clubs (i don't know how common that is) and the red dot so i suppose this is just a big julia...granted i don't examine each julia i see this closely and there are a lot that i don't see, so i feel pretty comfortable with your call (but i can't imagine how i could have missed those yellow clubs in the past). Very much appreciated.