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Butterfly #3

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997

Photographed at Marine World in their exquisite butterfly exhibit. It was sweltering inside the exhibit and the butterflies roamed around freely. It alone is worth the price of admission.

I believe that this butterfly is Heliconius melpomone, from Central and South America. What is special about this butterfly is that it is a hybrid between 2 or 3 subspecies of the butterfly. H. melpomone occurs in different forms throughout its range, and by crossing these forms a vast range of patterns has been achieved, in fact, there are very few individuals alike.


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