ElzuniaAndrew V. Z. Brower
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Members of Elzunia are among the largest ithomiines. The species occur in mid-elevation forest in the Venezuelan, Colombian and Ecuadorean Andes, where they are engaged in Müllerian mimicry with Heliconius hecuba, Heliconius atthis and Megoleria susiana, and perhaps serve as models for female Catonephele chromis (Biblidinae).Larvae recorded on Prestonia (Apocynaceae), like members of closely-related Tithorea and unlike most other ithomiine larvae, which feed on Solanaceae. (Neild, 2008).
May be distinguished from similar-looking Heliconius species by the more triangular forewings and the bilobed distal margin of the hindwing discal cell (teardrop-shaped in Heliconius).
Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.
Neild, A.F.E. (2008) The Butterflies of Venezuela. Part 2: Nymphalidae II (Acraeinae, Libytheinae, NYmphalinae, Ithomiinae, Morphinae), Meridian Publications, London
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2011. Elzunia http://tolweb.org/Elzunia/27577/2011.07.24 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 24 July 2011 (under construction).