Personal communications about Heliconius hybrids produced in captivityDuring our compilation of the database of natural interspecific hybrids in collections, we have excluded any hybrids certainly or probably produced in captivity. (We have also excluded any intraspecific hybrids. There are now a number of butterfly farms and butterfly houses in which multiple species of Heliconius from different regions are kept together at high density, and hybrids can often result in these situations. In addition, there is now a certain amount of enthusiasm among purchasers of exotic Lepidoptera for varieties and hybrids, and it therefore seems not improbable that some of the commercial market in such rarities will be filled by artificial hybrids. Caveat emptor!
Luis Miguel Constantino
[H.heurippa, H.cydno, H. melpomene, H. charitonia].
Jean-Pierre Vesco [H.melpomene, H.cydno, H.hecale, H.atthis].
Lawrence E. Gilbert [H. melpomene x H. cydno gynandromorph]
Last updated: 18 September 2006