The Red Postman

Red Postman (Heliconius erato) are one of the most commonly found butterflies in Mexico (where this shot came from) and Central/South America. I found this guy in a glade and gardens on the edge of a forest – some of their favourite habitat. Thanks to it’s love of pollen and foul taste to potential predators, this variant of postman is thought to live as an adult for around 20 days or so which is considered quite long for a butterfly, whilst other variants of ‘postman’ butterflies (Heliconius melpomene) can live up to six months!

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