Attributes of Heliconius charithonia

Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia (Linnaeus, 1767)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Heliconiinae
Identification: Wings long and narrow; black with narrow yellow stripes.
Wing Span: 2 3/4 - 4 inches (7 - 10.1 cm).
Life History: Males patrol for females, and are also attracted to female chrysalids. A male will wait on the chrysalis and mate with the female as she is about to emerge. He then deposits on her abdomen a chemical than repels other males. Eggs are laid in groups of 5-15 on leaf buds or leaves of the host plant; caterpillars feed at night on leaves. Adults roost communally in groups of 25-30 individuals.
Flight: All year in South Texas and southern Florida, wanders north during warmer months.
Caterpillar Hosts: Passion-vines including Passiflora suberosa, P. lutea, and P. affinis.
Adult Food: Flower nectar and pollen, which are gathered on a set foraging route or "trap-line". Favorite plants include lantana and shepherd's needle.
Habitat: Tropical hammocks, moist forests, edges, fields.
Range: South America north through Central America, West Indies, and Mexico to South Texas and peninsular Florida. Occasional immigrant north to New Mexico, Nebraska, and South Carolina.
Conservation: Not usually required, but habitat for permanent populations is limited in South Texas.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Maintain habitat and host plant colonies.
Taxonomy Notes: Also called the Zebra Longwing.

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August 20, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 28, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States August 22, 2014 Details
August 20, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States August 22, 2014 Details
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July 30, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 TallyCannon Leon County, Florida, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 Maze Polk County, Florida, United States July 14, 2014 Details
September 12, 2012 totonka Broward County, Florida, United States July 02, 2014 Details
May 18, 2014 John LeBlanc Hillsborough County, Florida, United States May 27, 2014 Details
November 17, 2013 Lois Stacey Georgia, Screven County, United States April 21, 2014 Details
April 04, 2014 JohnsPassDotOrg Pinellas County, Florida, United States April 21, 2014 Details
February 05, 2014 janazak Morelos, Mexico April 01, 2014 Details
December 11, 2013 DJHiker Granma, Cuba March 23, 2014 Details
August 07, 2013 MJB64 Seminole County, Florida, United States March 07, 2014 Details
November 09, 2013 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2014 Details
September 13, 2007 rosenthal.k Orange County, Florida, United States February 28, 2014 Details
February 13, 2014 putterflutters Collier County, Florida, United States February 28, 2014 Details
November 03, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States February 14, 2014 Details
October 01, 2013 giardini57 Elbert County, Georgia, United States February 05, 2014 Details
December 04, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 06, 2013 Details
March 09, 2013 J_Martineau Lee County, Florida, United States December 03, 2013 Details
November 17, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 22, 2013 Details
November 22, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 22, 2013 Details
October 26, 2013 wildman Charleston County, South Carolina, United States November 20, 2013 Details
October 18, 2013 BethAnn1952 Mobile County, Alabama, United States November 17, 2013 Details
November 07, 2013 judygarrett Wake County, North Carolina, United States November 17, 2013 Details
November 10, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 04, 2013 LLJohnson Dominican Republic November 11, 2013 Details
November 11, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 11, 2013 Details
November 09, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 11, 2013 Details
October 31, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
October 13, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
November 06, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
November 01, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States November 07, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 Lofty0913 Nassau County, Florida, United States October 30, 2013 Details
October 17, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States October 19, 2013 Details
September 11, 2013 harttwins Harnett County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
October 12, 2013 mdanaher Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States October 15, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States October 12, 2013 Details
October 04, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States October 08, 2013 Details
September 29, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States October 08, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 Nancee Cobb Alachua County, Florida, United States October 04, 2013 Details
September 22, 2013 Bob Padgett Cobb County, Georgia, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 pawsperson Aiken County, South Carolina, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 cassesk@yahoo.com Fulton County, Georgia, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 Roy Brown Calhoun County, Georgia, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 27, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 Kimberly Mrozinski Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States September 30, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 stomlins701 Liberty County, Florida, United States September 30, 2013 Details