Common Postman Caterpillar Heliconius melpomene

Common Postman Caterpillar
Common Postman Caterpillar
Common Postman Caterpillar
The caterpillar of the Common Postman butterfly is white and spiky, a little similar to that of the Zebra Longwing but with a pink head rather than white and without the orange underside. The Small Postman (not shown on this page) has black striping on the white background and a black underside. They eat mainly passion vines which gives them and the adult butterflies toxicity.
Common Postman Caterpillar Near full size plus tiny instar at top of image.
Common Postman Caterpillar With an egg on the leaf.
Common Postman Caterpillar pupating Caterpillar pupating.
Common Postman Chrysalis The chrysalis; it hasn't got the long "ears" of the similar Zebra Longwing chrysalis.