“S” is for …


This butterfly was named after an early Greek Poet who lived on the island of Lesbos in the Aegean sea. She ran a school for upper-class young women. Many believe that her poetry shows that she was attracted to her students. Though only a small part of her work has reached us, its raw emotional honesty is timeless. Other (male) poets of the time respected her, and the renowned Greek philosopher Plato was a fan; he called Sappho “The Tenth Muse”, giving her near-goddesslike status (Sappho)

Heliconius sapho is a member of the pupal-mating clade of Heliconius butterflies. It occurs in Central and northwestern South America to the west of the Andes. It is a Müllerian mimic with H. cydno, which exhibits parallel geographical variation in the mimetic wing pattern. Heliconius sapho is distributed from Central America to Ecuador.

This map shows an approximate representation of the geographic distribution of this species. The original data used to draw these maps are derived from Brown (1979) which is available at Keith S. Brown Jr. (1979). Ecological Geography and Evolution in Neotropical Forests.

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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11 Responses to “S” is for …

  1. k~ says:

    I love the history you gave us on this one, Saphos… and here I was going to say “s” was for OhHhHhhH SHINY butterfly 😉 Seriously, this one is beautiful. I think I am drawn to the blues. This is a beautiful capture!

    Have you ever seen the blue monarch? OHhHhHhh it is also breathtaking.

  2. that’s the most striking so far.

  3. Paula Martin says:

    Love this one – blue is my faviourite colour.

  4. Amy Morgan says:

    Blue is one of those colors for me (like purple) that really only belongs in nature. This is stunning.

  5. Jo says:

    More flutterby love! ♥♥♥

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