*** NO HELICONIUS MELPOMENE STOCK FOR 2012 YET***
The butterfly pictured above eclosed on 25th May, 2011, and is a first-generation result of cross breeding one of several males sourced from Stratford Butterfly Farm with one of many females from London Pupae Supplies. This stock has excellent genetic diversity and will hopefully inherit the longevity of my Stratford sourced adults which are now over three months old. My larvae are reared in laboratory-style conditions and so far the pupae have hatched with a 100% success rate. I have been breeding Heliconius melpomene for over 15 years.
My current breeding stock also contains the H. melpomene cythera hybrid (pictured below).
Website and photos © Ken Smith 2011