Photographed at Marine World in their exquisite butterfly exhibit. It
was sweltering inside the exhibit and the butterflies roamed around freely.
It alone is worth the price of admission.
I believe that this butterfly is Heliconius melpomone, from Central
and South America. What is special about this butterfly is that it is
a hybrid between 2 or 3 subspecies of the butterfly. H. melpomone occurs
in different forms throughout its range, and by crossing these forms a
vast range of patterns has been achieved, in fact, there are very few