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Neruda godmani (Staudinger 1882)

Margarita Beltrán and Andrew V. Z. Brower
Containing group: Neruda


A local endemic of northwestern Colombia, this species is a close mimic of Heliconius hecalesia.


Early stages:  Eggs are white and approximately 0.9 x 0.7 mm (h x w). Females usually place many eggs on growing shoots of the host plant. Caterpillars are gregarious (Brown, 1981).

Geographical Distribution

Neruda godmani is distributed in the West of Colombia. The map below 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.

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Geographical distribution of Neruda metharme and Neruda godmani. © 2002 Margarita Beltran.


N. godmani occurs from sea level to 1,200 m in deep forests. Usually individuals fly rapidly and in the middlestory. Adults roost in small groups at night at 2-10 m above ground (Brown, 1981).

Hostplant: N. godmani larvae feed primarily on plants from the genera Dilkea and Mitostemma (Brown, 1981).


Brown K. S. 1981 The biology of Heliconius and related genera. Annual Review of Entomology 26, 427-456.

Holzinger, H.,Holzinger, R. 1994. Heliconius and related genera. Sciences Nat, Venette, France.

Staudinger O. 1882 On three new and interesting species of Rhopalocera. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1882(3): 396-398, pl. 24.

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University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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