Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.

Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.
Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability. Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability. Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability. Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability. Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability. Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability. Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability. Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability. Heliconius species 15 eggs or 10 larvae according to availability.
Availability: August
Price: £12.95
   - OR -   
Description

Heliconius species Central and South America

Larvae feed on Passion Plant Passifolora caerulea. Often in clusters when young, the larvae grow fast in warm conditions. Ideally on growing foodplant.

Larvae may be of more than one species. Melpomone and erato , probably could include some cydno and hecale. 

The Heliconius butterflies are mimetic, not only of each other, but they also imitate other species that are distastful to predators. So don't be surprised if your butterflies don't have the same pattern and marking as the illustration, but they do have the same narrow wing shape in common, and their habits are wonderful to observe. Some are capapble of hovering and even flying backwards. The butterflies are able to gather not only nectar through the proboscis, but also pollen which they store in the coils of the proboscis.

Some individuals have been known to survive for months, even in captive conditions.

Eggs are laid on the growing shoots and tendrils of Passiflora, on which the larvae feed. Most lay eggs individually though some lay in groups. The butterflies are continuously brooded and can become a magnificent feature of a greenhouse or conservatory.