heliconius by Massimo Demaio

himera x erato hybrids

H. himera  x  H. erato cyrbia

South Ecuador 3/2011
Guayquichuma Loja prov. Sur Ecuador 5/2011
Santa Teresita Dept. El Oro 800m SW Ecuador 4/2011
VERSO surface
Guayquichuma 800 m Ecuador 3/2001

 

H. himera  x  H. erato etylus x H. erato favorinus?

Patria unknown (South America) S. Ecuador / N. Peru ? 1/1997
VERSO surface – traces of yellow bar in HW

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See for example himera x lativitta in the Database of natural hybrids (n° 157 W. Neukirchen)

I don’t know of any himera-etylus natural hybrid, whereas several have been obtained in laboratory crosses.

Considering the traces of yellow bar on HW underside, this means at least three subspecies involved: himera for the HW red broadening, etylus or lativitta for the FW band and rays, and favorinus for the yellow bar. So in my opinion it should be a lab coss or a farmed specimen.

 
 

El Rosario Dept. El Oro 800m SW Ecuador 4/2011

 

Same considerations as above:

at least three subspecies involved: himera, etylus or notabilis, and favorinus. So in my opinion it should be a lab coss or a farmed specimen.

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