Postman Butterfly

Postman Butterfly

Animal's Behavior

Slow-flying, laying small yellow eggs on the leaves of passion flower species.

Eating Habits

As caterpillars, leaves of Passiflora species. As adults, flower nectar, rotting fruit, and pollen. Postman butterflies are partial to Lantana flowers as well.

Range

Central and South America

Animal Facts

  • This foul-tasting butterfly has little to fear from predators. As caterpillars, they feed on passion flower leaves, storing up toxic chemicals retained throughout their lifespan.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Animalia, Arthropoda, Insecta, Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae

Classification

Animalia, Arthropoda, Insecta, Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae

Place of Birth

Tropical forests

Size

3 inches

Color

Long dark wings with highly variable patterning and a range of colors combining orange, pink, and cream

Lifespan

4 months