Heliconius hecale Hewitson, 1854zuleika
Nymphalidae Heliconiinae

Male dorsal
Male dorsal
Female dorsal
Female dorsal
Male ventral
Male ventral
Female ventral
Female ventral

  Sexes similar.
  Forewing black with many small yellow spots, orange-brown at base.
  Hindwing orange-brown with black border extending inward at apex; one or two yellow spots near apex.
  Underside with paired white spots on margin.

Local distribution: 85 mm

Similar related species
Heliconius hecalesia

Unrelated models
Tithorea tarricina
hyridia psidii
Mechanitis polymnia
Hyalyris excelsa
Hyposcada virginiana

Abundance: Common

Local distribution: Both slopes from lowlands to about 1400 m (higher during migration).

Species range: Mexico to Peru

Comments: Commonly seen migrating through Monteverde, but breeds lower.

Credits: Credits: Images and Text Copyright 2005, William A. Haber, www.cs.umb.edu/efg.