Heliconus Melpomene Longwing Butterfly Iguazu Falls, Argentine side MG_ 9608

Heliconius melpomene, the postman butterfly, common postman or simply postman, is one of the heliconiine butterflies found from Mexico to northern South America. Several species in the genus have very similar markings and are difficult to distinguish and known under different names such as Rosina

Melpomene Longwing @ Iguazu Falls Argentinian side MG_9608

Agathina Emperor Butterfly Iguazu Falls Argentine side MG_9891

Males of this medium sized butterfly reflect a brilliant purple iridescence from the upper side wings. This butterfly breeds in rainforest habitats at altitudes from sea level to about 1600m.

Agathina Emperor Butterfly, Iguazy Falls, Agentinian side MG_9891-1

Males are often seen on sunny forest tracks or along the beds of dry streams, imbibing mineral rich moisture from rocks.

Agathina Emperor Butterfly, Iguazy Falls, Agentinian side MG_9891-2

Agathina Emperor Butterfly, Iguazy Falls, Agentinian side MG_9891-3

Dryas iulia (alcione)at Iguazu Falls Brazil side MG_9504

Dryas iulia (often incorrectly spelled julia) commonly called the Julia butterfly, Julia heliconian, the flame, or flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterflies. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida. Over 15 subspecies have been described.

Dryas iulia alcionea Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9504-1

 

 

Dryas iulia alcionea Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9504-3

 

Adelpha Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9513

Adelpha thessalia Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazil side MG_9550

Adelpha is a genus of brush-footed butterflies found from the southern United States and Mexico to South America. They are commonly known as sisters, due to the white markings on their wings, which resemble a nun’s habit.

Celadon Sister Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9550-1

Friendly little butterfly which found refuge on this girl’s hands.

Celadon Sister Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9550-2

 

Celadon Sister Butterfly at Iguazu Falls Brazilian side, MG_9550-3