Postman Butterfly

Postman butterfly

What it looks like: The postman butterfly has large, long wings with an orange stripe down each forewing.

Animal facts:

  • The passion flower vines they eat when young help them to store toxic chemicals they then retain for the rest of their lives as a deterrent from predators. 
  • This butterfly is poisonous and features red patterns on its wings as a warning to predators.

What they eat: As caterpillars they’ll eat passion flower vines, while adults drink nectar and eat pollen.

Where they live: Native to Mexico, this species can also be found living in Central and South America.

Habitat: This species is associated with slow-flowing streams in pine or pine-oak forests. 

Threats: Habitat loss and pollution.

Conservation Status
Least Concern