Heliconius telesiphe

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Telesiphe longwing
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Heliconius
Species: H. telesiphe
Binomial name
Heliconius telesiphe
(Doubleday, 1847)
  • Heliconia telesiphe Doubleday, 1847
  • Heliconius sotericus Salvin, 1871
  • Heliconius telesiphe ab. nivea Kaye, 1916

Heliconius telesiphe, the telesiphe longwing, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It was described by Edward Doubleday in 1847. It is found at mid-elevations in the Andes. Its habitat is cloud forests.

The wingspan is 65–80 mm.[1] The species is part of a mimicry complex with Podotricha telesiphe.

The larvae mostly feed on Passiflora species from the subgenus Plectostemma.[2] This species assisted in the 1993 discovery of Passiflora telesiphe, a species in the subgenus Decaloba.[3]


  • Heliconius telesiphe telesiphe (Bolivia)
  • Heliconius telesiphe cretacea Neustetter, 1916 (Peru)
  • Heliconius telesiphe sotericus Salvin, 1871 (Ecuador, Peru)


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