Heliconius hecuba

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Hecuba longwing
Hecuba Longwing (H. hecuba), Quito, Ecuador.jpg
Quito, Ecuador
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
H. hecuba
Binomial name
Heliconius hecuba

11, see text

  • Heliconius cassandra C. & R. Felder, 1862
  • Heliconia choarina Hewitson, 1872
  • Blanchardia dismorphia Buchecker, [1880]
  • Heliconia hecuba choarina f. cacica Neustetter, 1928
  • Heliconius tolima Fassl, 1912
  • Heliconius hecuba choarinus f. flava Neustetter, 1928
  • Heliconius crispus var. crespinus Krüger, 1925

Heliconius hecuba, the Hecuba longwing, is a species of butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It lives at altitudes ranging from 1000 to 2400 m in cloud forests in the northern Andes from Colombia to Ecuador.[2]

The butterfly is named for Hecuba, the wife of King Priam of ancient Troy.

The larvae feed on plants from the genus Granadilla.[2]


Listed alphabetically:[1]

  • H. h. bonplandi Neukirchen, 1991 (Ecuador)
  • H. h. cassandra C. & R. Felder, 1862 (Colombia)
  • H. h. choarina Hewitson, 1872 (Ecuador)
  • H. h. creusa H. & R. Holzinger, 1989 (Colombia)
  • H. h. crispus Staudinger, 1885 (Colombia)
  • H. h. flava Brown, 1979 (Ecuador)
  • H. h. hecuba Hewitson, 1858 (Colombia)
  • H. h. lamasi Neukirchen, 1991 (Ecuador)
  • H. h. salazari Neukirchen, 1993 (Colombia)
  • H. h. tolima Fassl, 1912 (Colombia)
  • H. h. walteri Salazar, 1998 (Colombia)


  1. ^ a b Heliconius hecuba at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b Heliconius hecuba, EoL