Heliconius ethillaMargarita Beltrán
Early stages: Eggs are yellow and approximately 1.3 x 0.9 mm (h x w). Females usually place 1 - 4 eggs under younger leaves and tendrils of the host plant. Mature larvae have a white body, black scoli, and orange head; length is around 1.7 cm. (Brown, 1981).
Heliconius ethilla is distributed from Panama to 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. ethilla occurs from sea level to 2,000 m in marginal forests. Usually individuals fly slowly and in the middlestory. Females mate multiply and adults roost solitary or in loose groups at night at 2-10 m above ground on twigs or tendrils.
Hostplant: H. ethilla larvae feed primarily on plants from the genus Passiflora from the subgenera Granadilla section Quadrangulares, Menispermifoliae, and Simplicifoliae; in laboratory experiments they accept Distephana, Tacsonia, and Plectostemma sections (Brown, 1981).
Brown K. S. 1981 The Biology of Heliconius and Related Genera. Annual Review of Entomology 26, 427-456.
Godart J. B. [1775-1825] 1819. Pp. 13-328. In: Latreille, P. A. & J. B. Godart, Encyclopédie Méthodique. Histoire naturelle. Entomologie, ou histoire naturelle des crustacés, des arachnides et des insectes. Paris, veuve Agasse. 9(1): i-ii, 3-328.
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