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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March 20, 2010 LibbyMegna Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States February 23, 2017 Details
February 16, 2017 the janitors kid Palm Beach County, Florida, United States February 17, 2017 Details
January 26, 2017 SCohen Broward County, Florida, United States February 15, 2017 Details
February 14, 2017 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States February 15, 2017 Details
January 22, 2017 gpstewart Cameron County, Texas, United States February 05, 2017 Details
January 16, 2017 SCohen Broward County, Florida, United States February 03, 2017 Details
January 02, 2017 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States January 08, 2017 Details
January 04, 2017 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States January 08, 2017 Details
March 28, 2016 J_Martineau Lee County, Florida, United States January 05, 2017 Details
October 13, 2016 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 29, 2016 Details
November 28, 2016 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States December 29, 2016 Details
December 08, 2016 mellielong Polk County, Florida, United States December 20, 2016 Details
December 12, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States December 20, 2016 Details
December 14, 2016 AJVanh.arch Martin County, Florida, United States December 20, 2016 Details
November 03, 2013 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 12, 2016 Details
November 04, 2016 randimal Hidalgo County, Texas, United States November 12, 2016 Details
November 12, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States November 12, 2016 Details
November 02, 2016 kjbalcar Texas, United States, Wilson County November 03, 2016 Details
August 22, 2015 MoonDog50 Baldwin County, Alabama, United States October 26, 2016 Details
October 19, 2016 mercretas Palm Beach County, Florida, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 13, 2016 mellielong Collier County, Florida, United States October 18, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 wildman Charleston County, South Carolina, United States October 16, 2016 Details
October 16, 2016 lostpineslife Bastrop County, Texas, United States October 16, 2016 Details
October 06, 2016 stomlins701 Gonzales County, Texas, United States October 14, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 CGBGgardenguru Chatham County, Georgia, United States September 20, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 Nondaywalker De Soto County, Florida, United States September 02, 2016 Details
August 17, 2016 AJVanh.arch Martin County, Florida, United States August 20, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 John LeBlanc Pinellas County, Florida, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 20, 2016 beckerla Florida, United States May 20, 2016 Details
November 04, 2015 ncrosbyrd Cameron County, Texas, United States April 06, 2016 Details
March 31, 2016 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 06, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 dlkriensky Palm Beach County, Florida, United States March 29, 2016 Details
December 13, 2015 Wasil_Khan Jasper County, South Carolina, United States December 13, 2015 Details
December 01, 2015 ncrosbyrd Broward County, Florida, United States December 08, 2015 Details
November 07, 2015 pspollard Calhoun County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
November 10, 2015 grosenberry Polk County, Florida, United States December 03, 2015 Details
November 14, 2015 tysonbartlett55 Colorado County, Texas, United States November 19, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Laurie Sheppard Grayson County, Texas, United States October 17, 2015 Details
September 22, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 07, 2015 Details
September 17, 2015 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States September 21, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 harmons2 Larimer County, Colorado, United States September 14, 2015 Details
August 16, 2014 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County September 09, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States August 29, 2015 Details
February 07, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 LABRADOG Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States July 19, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 Rick Newman Palm Beach County, Florida, United States June 28, 2015 Details
October 20, 2013 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
April 28, 2015 Ellen Mee Broward County, Florida, United States June 15, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 ReXeR Lee County, Florida, United States June 02, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 Robalero Hidalgo County, Texas, United States May 23, 2015 Details