Heliconius pair Real Taxidermy Butterflies in Handmade Museum Quality Frame
Heliconius wallacei & Heliconius cydno. These two members of the genus Heliconius are to be found in lowland rainforest below around 800m, from Central America down to Southern Brazil and Peru. They have a delicate fluttering flight, especially when hovering around the flowers they feed from. Heliconiini are remarkable for producing a large variety of colour forms within a single species. Several species of Heliconius are wonderful examples of Müllerian mimicry, where two distinct species, both noxious to predators, have evolved to display similar colourings as a form of mutual defence once a predator has eaten one H. Melpomene, it will think twice about trying to eat the separate species H. The mechanism of Müllerian mimicry should be contrasted with Batesian mimicry, where an unpalatable species is mimicked by a completely harmless one. Somewhat unusually, Heliconius females feed on pollen as well as nectar. Studies have shown that females deprived of pollen can only produce about 15% of the number of eggs as females fed on both pollen and nectar. The pollen of their preferred flowers provides amino acids which cant be obtained from nectar and other sources, which contribute greatly to their longevity some Heliconius species are known to live as long as nine months.
Members of the Heliconius tribe are known to memorise routes that take them to their preferred pollen sources, host plants, and communal roosting places, and plan the most efficient route for their foraging. The butterfly has been expertly prepared by hand to museum standards, and is mounted on conservation-grade foam in a hand-made, beautifully crafted case backed with Italian decorative paper. Absolutely ideal for wedding presents, Christmas and birthday presents, home decoration Please note that it should be kept out of direct sunlight as the colour comes from pigmentation of the scales, rather than refraction, and it will naturally fade if it spends too long in the sun. If you have any queries, or would like to request a different specimen, please get in touch! None of the butterflies offered for sale are listed on Annex A of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, and all are farmed this ensures that not only are the specimens in perfect condition, but that the practice is completely sustainable.
Butterfly farming allows farmers to generate income while conserving their natural heritage. The item "Heliconius pair Real Taxidermy Butterflies in Handmade Museum Quality Frame" is in sale since Wednesday, June 19, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectables\Animal Collectables\Insects & Butterflies".
The seller is "juancarlos2nd" and is located in Monmouth. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Animal Type: Insects/ Spiders
- Item Type: Taxidermy
- Animal Sub-Type: Butterfly/ Moth
- Mounted/ Unmounted: Mounted