Butterflies and Moths of North America

collecting and sharing data about Lepidoptera

Sapho Longwing
Heliconius sapho (Drury, 1782)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae
Tribe: Acraeini
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Range: Subspecies range from southeastern Mexico to Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, and Colombia.
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Taxonomy Notes: Multiple subspecies have been described: Heliconius sapho sapho (Drury, 1782), Heliconius sapho candidus K. Brown, 1976, Heliconius sapho chocoensis K. Brown & Benson, 1975, and Heliconius sapho leuce (E. Doubleday, 1847)
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