Male

 

four ssp or forms of H. melpomene fly in Sangay NP : H. m. plesseni, H. m. ecuadorensis, H. m. malletti and H. m. plesseni f. mimetica,


they're clearly supposed to be parapatric, but, in one area South of Puyo, they all fly together, giving birth to all kinds of mixed forms.


we present a sample of these forms, by "pattern" ; here, a surprising form, pattern "all black with a fan of yellow feathers".

black form with fan shaped subapical marking

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