The Longwing Butterfly above is suspected to be a hybrid of the Cydno and
Melpomene Heliconians. It has the underside hind wing of the Cydno.
It is similar to the species Heliconius heurippa, a stable hybrid of Cydno and
Melpomene, but the white part of the bar is narrow and not forked.
A hybrid of Cydno subspecies alithea and Melpomene looks remarkably similar but has the "piano key" border of the
The Butterfly above is also suspected to be a hybrid since I haven't been able to identify it as a valid subspecies (although it is close to some).
The three small, red spots on the underside hind wing close to the body suggest Common Postman (H. melpomene) parentage.