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Date Joined: January 31, 2014
Last Online: November 21, 2017
Birthday: October 13
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Things I love...

ICELAND was AMAZING!!! Getting home, on the other hand, not so much. After delayed flights, some misplaced luggage, flat out lies from Air Canada employees, a cancelled flight, sleeping in a freezing airport, more misplaced luggage, and 41 hours of travel time, we finally made it home. I'm caught up on ratings, so if you need a rating from me, I haven't received the swap. Message me and we'll figure it out!!!

  1. I LOVE THE COLOR ORANGE! All shades... I love other colors too, especially bright and jewel tone colors, but ORANGE is the best!
  2. I love to travel.
  3. I love to read.
  4. I love music, television, and movies.
  5. I love to make art. Currently, I do more paper ART (greeting cards) than anything else. But I also cross stitch, paint ceramics, draw, make bookmarks out of many different medias, zentangle, paper collage (with embellishments sometimes)...
  6. Birds, especially artsy/funky/whimsical birds in bright colors
  7. Stickers, of all kinds!
  8. Printed papers -- full size AND scraps (big enough to use on an ATC) welcome
  9. Fridge magnets from across the US and around the world
  10. Tea! A very spicy Chai is my favorite, but I drink most teas! I have found that I do not like flowery teas like jasmine. They smell good, but I don't like the taste. :( I think my taste buds are changing...)
  11. Star Trek
  12. Doctor Who
  13. Sherlock (BBC) and Elementary
  14. Firefly
  15. Minions (from Despicable Me)
  16. Chocolate!
  17. Embellishments: bling!, clips, brads, ribbon, bakers twine... -- full size AND scraps welcome
  18. Cutouts, punched shapes, etc...
  19. Steampunk
  20. Butterflies
  21. Vintage
  22. Sparkle and Shine! I love glitter! The more the better, I say! I absoutely don't mind if you use glitter and sparkly things on the art you send me!!! And I won't rate you lower for loose glitter! ;)
  23. Baby animals especially, but big animals as well
  24. Washi tape and other decorative tapes
  25. favorite fragrances: anything fruity, clove
  26. Postcards... I like touristy, vintage, funny, handmade, anything really! (I think) I prefer them naked with a note from my partner. But, if the swap calls for sending them in an envie, that's good too!
  27. Angels!!! Thank you to @AnitaHames for angeling the SS: Christmas washi in a note card USA only! Love the Washi and the Washi note card!!! Thank you @flowerchild for angeling Winter & Christmas Washi Fast Swap! Love the beautiful washi you sent!!! Thank you @OrigamiGrace for angeling CPG Oct '16 Senders Choice PCs - US Only! Now I want to go to Australia! @OrigamiGrace for angeling CPG Snowman Profile Bling - Global. Why would you flake on an electronic swap?!?!?!
  28. Sweet swappers with giving hearts! @pkpeace who sent me a wonderful birthday surprise (2016). @Sandara333 who, just out of the blue, sent me the most awesome box of goodies for Christmas (2016)!

I give hearts for those that go above and beyond on the swap, not on the extras sent. I do not expect extras in swaps. But everyone loves a little surprise, right!?!?! If you want to make my day, check out my "loves" list. Whatever you send me, if it's listed here or not, I will appreciate it and will try to use it in my art or elsewhere in my life. If I can't, I'll pass it along to someone that I think may like it!

Things I don't love...

Not much...

  1. I don't do friendship books, deco books, or smash books. Just really don't know anything about them...
  2. Some flavors: banana, pumpkin, flowery teas.
  3. Cigarette/Cigar smelling things. I don't mind if you smoke, it's your life and your choice, but try your best to not sent me smokey art. Thanks! :)
  4. Real spiders give me nightmares, especially tarantulas! Eeeeek! I don't mind pictures of them tho...
  5. Non-raters and people that don't respond to messages.
  6. Flakers!


I purchased a postal scale so I can send my mail without having to go into the post office. If you receive a package from me that does not have enough postage, PLEASE let me know. It was not intentional and I will reimburse you!

If you do not receive a swap from me, PLEASE let me know. I will resend. You can message me through swap-bot or my personal e-mail chellehames3@yahoo.com. I've already been flaked on (one of my first swaps! :'( BOO!) and I did not enjoy the feeling. I will not do that to someone else. I spend a lot of time on and put a lot of thought into my art and want to share it and get all the accolades from my partners! :) I won't flake! I won't be late unless it cannot be avoided (death, dismemberment, that kind of thing), and I will notify you if that type of thing happens.

I also find it sad that anyone would have to place info like this on their profile... :(

About Me

I'm a 40 something kid-at-heart. I'm happily single and have no children.

My sister @AnitaHames got me started here. She's been swapping for a while and finally talked me into joining. I'm enjoying it so much! My oldest sister @JocysMom is swapping now as well!

I'm a Registered Nurse working in a Neonatal ICU. I love my job! It's so rewarding watching these tiny babies grow and get healthy and strong!

I work 12 1/2 hour shifts 3 days (in a row) a week. And I work at least 2 extra shifts a month (I have a very expensive hobby and travel habit)! I have an "8 days in a row" off stretch, which is when I usually work my overtime shifts. The rest of my work days are crammed into the rest of the month. Whew, this is a very exhausting schedule, but I LOVE my job and the time it gives me to live my life. I'm putting this here so you can see that if I'm working, I may not get back to you the day I read a message. And, when I'm working, I can't create (I need my sleep). So, if you need to get in touch with me, be patient, I will get back to you ASAP. And, if you need me to resend, be patient, I will resend. I may have to wait until I'm off work to recreate your swap.

I volunteer for the March of Dimes Arkansas Chapter. I make footprint cards for the babies in the NICU @ my hospital (holiday themed & baby themed embellishments and papers welcomed! I usually make 60 cards at a time tho...). I also help with Prematurity awareness month (November), and other fundraisers, and functions held at my hospital for mom's and families of newborns and premies.

5/23/16 -- 400 Swaps completed!!! Woot! Woot!!
7/16/16 -- 500 "5's"!!! WaHooo!!!
12/9/16 -- 500 Swaps sent!!! Sweet!

Favorite ART!

I am a paper artist! Mostly I make greeting cards. I also make book marks, ATCs, Inchies, Artist tiles of all sizes, envies, mail art, and scrapbook. I draw a bit; zentagles and doodles mostly. In high school and college I drew a lot.

I also dabble in ceramic painting, ornament making, cross stitching...

I love printed papers, stickers, cutouts, embellishments, and anything ORANGE!

I have a small Cricut and a Big Shot. I have a lot of Stampin' Up products. And, thankfully, I'm lucky enough to have a craft room! It should be a guest room, but... Priorities!

I learned how to "arm knit" and made a lovely, tho messy, infinity scarf! Now I want to learn how to knit for real!

Favorite Books

"Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose." Neil Gaiman

I love to READ!!! I've always loved to read! Yes, I was a book nerd in High School, and proud of it! I always bring a book along, just in case. It stresses me out if I forget one...

A few of my favorite books (and series): Harry Potter series, In Death series by J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts), Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz, Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovitch, Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fford, The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Gahl, The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume...

I'm in a book club. We meet monthly and typically read a book a month. Current Book Club Book: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Some of my favorite books we've read in book club: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper, Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Martian by Andy Weir.

That said, I'll read just about anything! I prefer fiction. Sci Fi, Horror, Mystery, Young Adult, funny! My "guilty pleasure" is a good historical romance novel set in Regency England (a little earlier/a little later as well). I really don't feel guilty about that tho! ;)

Favorite Music

I listen to a lot of different types of music from Classical to Metal. My all time favorite band is the Eagles. But I also love Muse, Jewel, Blake Shelton, Volbeat, Adele, Hurts, Mumford and Sons, Apocalyptica (cello's on steroids!), Katatonia, Within Temptation, Device, A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, Alter Bridge, Jonsi and Sigur Ros (undefinably beautiful music!), Sonata Arctica (melodic metal, beautiful!) Thousand Foot Krutch, Tool, Disturbed, Journey, CCR, Eric Clapton... I could go on and on...

Mostly I listen to Hard Rock, Rock and 80's music (what can I say, I'm a child of the 80's)... I also like a little Country and Heavy Metal \m/ (even Death Metal)!!!

CD in my car now (01/25/17) Muse "The Second Law" Favorite Track: Madness (track 2)(10/28/16) The Killers "Battle Born" Favorite Track: Flesh and Bone (track 1) (1/3/16) Adele "25" Favorite Track: Hello (track 1) and Send my Love (To Your New Lover) (track 2) (LOVE Adele!) (5/25/15) Blue October "Foiled" Favorite Track: Hate Me (track 5)(3/3/15) Muse "the 2nd Law" Favorite Track: Madness (track 2) (11/10/14) A Perfect Circle's "Three Sixty. Favorite tracks: Judith (track 2) Counting Bodies Like Sheep (track 11) Passive (track 12) By and Down (track 13) (11/2/14): The Killers "Hot Fuss". Favorite track: All These Things That I've Done (track 5) (4/15/14): Lacuna Coil "Karmacode". Favorite track: Our Truth (track 3) (3/16/14): Thirty Seconds to Mars "This is War". Favorite track: Hurricane (Track 6)(2/20/14): Jonsi "Go". Favorite track: Tie between Go Do (Track 1) & Henge Las (Track 9) (His music, solo and with Sigur Ros, gives me the chills! You should check him out!)

Favorite Television and Movies

Favorite Television I'm a bit of a SciFi nerd and British TV nerd. My favorite television series': Doctor Who, Sherlock, Star Trek (all series, but my favorite is The Next Generation), Firefly, Warehouse 13, Criminal Minds, Psych, The Graham Norton Show, NCIS, Mike & Molly, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Haven, Grimm, Person of Interest, Face Off, Falling Skies, So You Think You Can Dance, Wipeout, Top Chef, Project Runway, Ripper Street, Copper... I watch a bit too much TV...

Favorite Movies I love going to the movie theater to see a movie! The big screen, the sound, the popcorn... It's the whole experience. I lean towards Sci Fi, action, and comedy; but I do enjoy a good drama, suspense, and the occasional romance as well. Don't really watch horror movies, they give me nightmares! Eeeeeek! It makes me sad that movies are so expensive these days. I don't get to go as often as I would like because it costs too much... :-/


I love to travel! Anywhere, anytime.

Spent 2 weeks in Iceland in 2017. We had wonderful weather, which was a good thing since everything we did was outdoor related! Even though the country is small, we still didn't have time to do everything we wanted! We gave it our best shot!!! We do need to go back in the winter for the Aurora Borealis.

Spent 3 weeks touring England, Scotland, and Ireland through a College English course. We hit all the great "Literary" sites: Shakespeare's birthplace, Potter Farm, Thoor Ballylee, the Lake Isle of Innisfree, the Lake District, Warwick Castle, Coole Park, Glamis Castle... And many other places. It was an amazing trip and I fell in love with the UK and Ireland! My sister went on the trip as well. And in June of 2015, my sister, her husband, and I went back to England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland! We did some of the same stuff as before, but a lot of new stuff as well: Loch Ness, The Doctor Who Experience, The Isle of Skye, Skellig Michael (super cute PUFFINS!)... It was amazing!!!

I have also cruised Italy and Greece (with my sister). Another amazing trip! Venice is beautiful! Rome is exciting! Athens is so vibrant! Santorini and Mykinos were absolutely tranquil! And the food! Oh my!!! During this cruise we also made a stop in Turkey (the bazaar!!!) and Croatia.

I'm working my way through the USA as well. New York and Washington DC, Hawaii (O'ahu), the Grand Canyon (Arizona), the Painted Desert and the Petrified National Forest (New Mexico and Arizona), the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and The Stanley Hotel, Denver, Boulder and The Celestial Seasonings factory (Colorado), Yellowstone (Montana and Wyoming), Devil's Tower (Wyoming), Devil's Den, Custer State Park and Needles Highway, Badlands (South Dakota), Kalamazoo, MI, San Diego and Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Atlanta, Norfolk and Virginia City Beach, VA, and the Florida Gulf Coast.


JocysMom rated for RSC: With A Grateful Heart on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great card--I was just eyeballing that one on Pinterest myself! :)
Response: Glad you liked it! It was easy to do, especially with my Misty!!! I made 8 of them in no time! Thanks for the 5 and the heart!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Let's Talk Turkey! on Nov 18, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the two cards! I almost did the turkey one myself. I like how you colored the feathers on the other one. Are those alcohol inks?
Response: I used Distress Oxide and Distress inks. I really like them. Well worth the initial expense!!! I'm glad you like the cards. The turkey is so cute and fun to do, I had to do one of those. But I wanted to use my feather dies as well! Thanks for the 5 and the heart!!!
Comment: Thank you for your pretty card and washi tape samples. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family :0)
Response: You are welcome! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Thank you for rating!
BugLeigh rated for SS: Sugar Skull ATC on Nov 15, 2017
Response: Thank you!
BugLeigh rated for SS: Here Comes Fall ATC on Nov 15, 2017
Response: Thanks!
DragonflyDaisy rated for RSC - Christmas Card on Nov 13, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Christmas cards. I love them both! One is so elegant and the other is so fun! You do beautiful work ~ excellent swap! :)
Response: I'm so glad you like them! The one with the trees is one I like doing in non-traditional colors! The one with the presents was a new one I tried out! Thank you for your kind words and for the 5 and heart!
fbresnah rated for Autumn Greetings! on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the very nice card and dies. Glad you raised the money!
Response: Glad you liked the card and die cuts! I'm glad we raised the money too! It's so very helpful to the patients and their families! Thank you for the 5 and heart!!!
Babytreese rated for Book Themed Postcard! on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Great card! I would love to have a library like this! Have a ton of books but not enough bookcases! πŸ€“
Response: Glad you like the card! I love my library, and my books! I wish everyone could have too many books for their book shelves! Thanks for the 5 and the heart!
thequilterslink rated for SS: 'Hay' There! on Nov 3, 2017
Comment: Thanks for great card, love it!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the 5 and heart!!!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Think Pink ATC (USA only) on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Thanks for a beautiful ATC! I never think to layer my background on ATCs. Is that cord from the cross stitch section? I like it!
Response: You are welcome! I'm glad you liked it. It finally came together when I added the scallop die cut. I think the cord was from the dollar section at Target, a while back. Thanks for the 5 and ❀!!!
Comment: Oh my gosh I wish I could give you a thousand hearts for this swap. Thank you so, so much for such a lovely envelope and treasure trove of goodies! xo
Response: Awe! I'm so glad you liked the envie and all the goodies!!! I scoured my stash trying to find just the right thing! So glad I succeeded!!! Thank you for such nice words and the much appreciated 5! And a thousand ❀❀❀!!! 😁 And thanks for hosting an awesome swap!
samsstuff rated for CL: Traveling Book Card - Round 1 on Oct 29, 2017
Comment: Thank you! I shall take care in passing it on to the next swapper.
Response: Thank you for the 5 and ❀!
jan54wil rated for Halloween Greetings! on Oct 28, 2017
Response: Thank you for the 5 and heart!
rarjones rated for SS: EYE of the storm on Oct 24, 2017
Comment: Love your cards! Beautiful stamp and pretty card colors! Thanks for joining the swap with me.
Response: I love your swaps!!! Thank you for hosting! I'm glad you liked the cards. I thought the colors were perfect!!! Thanks for the 5 and ❀!
AnitaHames rated for SS: Halloween ATC 2017 on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Cute ATC! I like the jeweled butts on the spiders, too. And I really like the glittery skulls!
Response: The skulls were from a glitter tape that had spiders on it too. I love the jeweled spider butts, too fun! Thanks for the 5 and ❀!!!
craftyone rated for WOW: Stationery set swap on Oct 17, 2017
Comment: Hi, Michele, these notecard sets are gorgeous! I love the colorful washis - thank you!
Response: Glad you liked them! Thank you for the 5 and ❀!
rarjones rated for SS: Fall card on Oct 3, 2017
Comment: Very nice card! Love the simplicity :)
Response: Glad you like it! Thank you for the 5 and heart!!!
Meryly13 rated for BL Stamps and/or Die cuts on Sep 29, 2017
Comment: Michelle, thank you soo much for all the beautiful butterflies your sent me!! LOVE THEM!!
Response: Glad you like them! I had so many dies and punches and stamps to choose from, it got a bit overwhelming!!! LOL! Not a bad problem to have! Thanks for the 5 and heart!
Comment: Beautiful envelope and letter set! I did a leaf-stamped envelope, too!
Response: Glad you like it! I love that set! Great minds think alike and all that!!! Thanks for the 5 and the heart!!!
rarjones rated for RSC - Going Back in Time on Sep 25, 2017
Comment: Oh my BEAUTIFULLY done! thank you so much!
Response: Thank you so much! I'm glad you like them! I've been inspired to get out some of my older stamp sets! Thank you for your kind words and the 5 and ❀!

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CurlyTea on Oct 16, 2017:

Shellyr on Jun 18, 2017:

The preview shows the full flamingo leafwing but when I post it it only shows part of it. here is another view.

Shellyr on Jun 18, 2017:

I hope this flamingo leafwing posts better than the previous one.

Shellyr on Jun 18, 2017:

I have three butterflies that are hopefully different than the ones you sent or your other partner sent. The first one is red on the front side and has an 88 on the back. It is called the 2-eyed 88 butterfly. Diaethria anna, the Anna's eighty-eight, is a butterfly in wet tropical forests in Middle America. On rare occasions, it can be found as a stray in south Texas. Its upperside is dark brown with a metallic bluish-green band on the forewings. The underside of the forewings are red, which is followed by a wide, black band and then white tips; the underside of the hindwings is white, with lines that approximate a black-outlined "88", giving the species its common name.

The caterpillars feed on tropical plants in the families Ulmaceae and Sapindaceae. Adults feed on rotting fruit and dung.

The second butterfly is the malay lacewing. I think this one is really pretty. Cethosia hypsea, the Malay lacewing, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found in from Burma to Indonesia and the Philippines.

The wingspan is about 80 mm.[2] Adults are bright orange red above with broad black borders, warning predators of their toxicity. The underside is orange red with white fasciae and is spotted with black. The wings are scalloped.[3]

The larvae feed on Adenia species. They are wine red and have long spines. They are also poisonous.

The last butterfly is the flamingo leafwing. Introduction The tribe Anaeini comprises of 87 neotropical species in the genera Coenophlebia, Consul, Anaea, Polygrapha, Memphis, Siderone, Fountainea and Zaretis. The butterflies are characterised by having a very rapid and strong flight. They have stout bodies, falcate wings, and on the upper surface are generally black, marked with bands of orange, bright red, or lustrous blue according to species. The undersides of all species in the Anaeini are cryptically patterned and bear a strong resemblance to the dead leaves, tree bark or boulders on which they settle. The genus Fountainea comprises of 8 species, most of which are widely distributed throughout the neotropical region. The hindwings of most species have short tails, in both sexes, although in the males of ryphea and sosippus these are vestigial or absent. In some races of Fountainea ryphea the males have a beautiful purple sheen across the wings, but this can only be seen from certain angles. This species occurs in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Trinidad, Colombia, Guyana, Surinam, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. Habitats This species is usually encountered in secondary / disturbed forest habitats e.g. along wide trails, riverbanks and close to habitations. It is found in both deciduous and evergreen forests at altitudes between sea level and about 1000m. Lifecycle The eggs are white, and laid singly on the foliage of the foodplants. The fully grown larva is green, with paler longitudinal lines along the back, and lightly marbled with reddish brown and white along the sides. It has a large head that is adorned with a pair of short horns. The larva lives within a cell made by rolling up a leaf and securing it with fine silk. It feeds on saplings of Croton - a tree in the Euphorbiaceae. The chrysalis is suspended by the cremaster from a stem or leaf. It is pale greenish, with the wing cases edged in pale yellow. The head and thorax form a barrel shaped section, and the abdominal segments are highly compressed, forming a short cone. Adult behaviour The butterflies are usually seen singly, often as the sole Fountainea species amidst a mixed group of Memphis, Doxocopa and Taygetis species that have aggregated to feed at dung or rotting fruit on the forest floor. Males also visit sewage seepages and river beaches to imbibe mineralised water.

The flight and general behaviour is similar to that of other Charaxine genera. They tend to remain settled on foliage or on the ground for long periods. If disturbed they fly up, circle around briefly, and then settle on the foliage of a nearby tree. After a while, they descend cautiously over a period of several minutes, in a series of steps, often settling on leaves that are in dappled sunlight. At such times they often bask with wings half open. Eventually they return to ground level, and sometimes flit about, fanning their wings for a few moments, before closing them. Once settled with wings closed they are confident in the disguise afforded by their "dead-leaf" undersides, and will remain stationary for many minutes. This tatoo is lots of fun so I included it also.

SuZignomeMoM on Jun 16, 2017:

BL ~ Butterfly Color Series, #1 (Red)

Although there seem to be very few truly red living butterflies there are many illustrations, animations and such depicting red butterflies.

I was drawn to the delicacy of this one. It looks as if someone used a real butterfly veins as their model.

This one seemed so sweet.

This next one fascinated me. Look very closely.

I could not get away without posting at least one REAL Butterfly.. Anartia amathea, the brown peacock or scarlet peacock, is a species of nymphalid butterfly, found primarily in South America. The type locality is probably Suriname, and the species is found from Panama to Argentina; Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.

Hope you enjoy this.

yvonne401 on Jun 16, 2017:

BL ~ Butterfly Color Series, #1 (Red)

I hope you like the red butterflies that I have chosen for you this month!

The national butterfly of Singapore is the Red Rose butterfly.

Pachliopta aristolochiae, the common rose, is a swallowtail butterfly belonging to the Pachliopta genus, the roses, or red-bodied swallowtails. It is a common butterfly which is extensively distributed across South and Southeast Asia.

It is widely distributed in Asia including Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (including the Andaman Islands), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Japan (south-western Okinawa only), Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicobar Islands, peninsular and eastern Malaysia, Brunei, Philippines (Palawan and Leyte), Indonesia, Bangladesh and Taiwan.

In China, it is distributed in southern and eastern China (including Hainan, Guangdong province) and Hong Kong. In Indonesia, it is distributed in Sumatra, Nias, Enggano, Bangka, Java, Bali, Kangean, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores, Tanahjampea, and Kalimantan.

It is also recorded from Pune.

It is very common almost all over the plains of India, and is not threatened as a species. During and after the monsoon it is extremely abundant.

The upperside of male is velvety black.

Forewing with well-marked pale adnervular streaks on the discal area that do not reach the terminal margin, the latter broadly velvety black; the streaks beyond end of cell extended inwards into its apex.

Hindwing with elongate white discal markings in interspaces 2–5 beyond the cell.

In dry-weather specimens these markings are very short and do not nearly reach the bases of the interspaces; beyond these a curved series of subterminal lunular markings in interspaces one to seven dull crimson irrorated with black scales, the spot in interspace one large, irregular, diffuse, margined interiorly with white.

On the underside of the males, the ground color and markings is similar, but the red subterminal spots on the hindwing much brighter; it is not irrorated with black scales, better defined, the anterior four subquadrate, the next two crescent shaped, sometimes quadrate also, the spot in interspace one triangular and pointed. Antennae, thorax and abdomen above up to the pre-anal segment black; the head, sides of prothorax above, and of the whole of the thorax and abdomen beneath vermilion red; anal segment vermilion red.

Females are similar to the males; they differ from the male only in the comparatively broader wings and this is most conspicuous in the forewing.

The Postman butterfly is from Ecuador.

Heliconius melpomene, the postman butterfly, common postman or simply postman, is one of the heliconiine butterflies found from Mexico to northern South America. Several species in the genus have very similar markings and are difficult to distinguish. This is an example of mimicry.

The postman butterfly has large long wings with an orange stripe down each forewing. It is poisonous and has red patterns on its wings. They tend to look similar to the species Heliconius erato. Two features found on the underside help to distinguish H. erato from H. melpomeneβ€”H. erato has four red dots where the wing attaches to the thorax while H. melpomene has three and the yellowish white stripe on the underside reaches the margin of the hindwing in H. erato but ends before reaching the margin in H. melpomene.

H. m. rosina

There are many morphs of this butterfly throughout Central and South America. The geographical variation in patterns has been studied using linkage mapping and it has been found that the patterns are associated with a small number of genetic loci called genomic "hotspots". Hotspot loci for color patterning have been found homologous between co-mimics H. erato and H. melpomene, strengthening evidence for the parallel evolution between the two species, across morph patterns.[

A recent study, using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) datasets, places the origins of H. melpomene at 2.1 Mya.[8] H. melpomene shows clustering of AFLPs by geography suggesting that the species originated in eastern South America

The distribution of this butterfly is from Central America to Southern Brazil.

The caterpillar feeds on passion flower species. In Central America, the host plants are Passiflora oerstedii and Passiflora menispermifolia. In other places they breed on several other Passiflora species.[9] Larvae of Heliconius charithonia also eat Passiflora, in order to indirectly attract males to females via the chemical signals emitted upon feeding.

The final red butterfly that I will be sharing with you today is the Red Lacewing which is from Australia.

Cethosia biblis, the red lacewing, is a species of heliconiine butterfly belonging to the Nymphalidae family.

Cethosia biblis is medium-sized butterfly, with a wingspan reaching about 8–9 centimetres (3.1–3.5 in). In this species the sexes are dimorphic. In males the dorsal sides of the wings are bright orange red, framed by a black outline with white spots. The undersides range from bright red to pale brown, interlaced by black and white. This astonishing pattern helps to disguise the shape of the butterfly, while the intense color of the dorsal sides of the wings is a warning to predators that the red lacewing has a bad taste, deriving from the poisonous host plants of the caterpillars. The dorsal sides of the wings of the females are greyish-brownish with black spots and white bands and spots on the black margins.

Caterpillars have several reddish, black and white stripes, a black head and long black spikes that contain poison. In fact they mainly feed on poisonous climbing plants, mainly Passiflora species (P. cochinchinensis, P. moluccana, etc.).

This species can be found from the Indian subcontinent eastwards to South-East Asia and East Asia, the eastern limit being the Philippines, and the southern limit being Indonesia.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these red butterflies. See you again next month!



goinjenny on Jun 2, 2017:

That's OK about the comment. I "panic off the handle" anyway so no harm done. LOL. Have a great weekend!!

tcornell on May 12, 2017:

great day

pkpeace on May 11, 2017:

I can't believe that you remembered, Michelle! It just really means so much to me... a little teary and grateful... hugs xo Patty

tcornell on May 11, 2017:

Thank you so much for the beautiful card and your oh so kind words. Hugs, Tracy

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