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Heliconius tristero

"The name 'Tristero' derives from Thomas Pynchon's novel, The Crying of Lot 49, and refers to a shadowy Renaissance cult figure that inspired a secret, independent postal system in modern suburban California. Because the red forewing patch pattern is referred to as 'postman' (Emsley, 1963), tristero seemed an appropriate name for a species that has emulated the local erato-melpomene mimicry complex so effectively that it has remained undetected until now."

http://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/docs/tristero1996.pdf
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