Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonia)


 
Living image of Zebra Longwing on a flower Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: North, Central and South America. Southern US to South America.
 
Wingspan: 60-75 mm (2.5-3 in).
 
Larval host plants: Passion vines (Passifloraceae).
 
Habitats: Tropical forests.
 
Identification: Heliconius spp. butterflies are recognized by large eyes, long antennae, elongated forewing shape, long slender abdomen and distictive color patterns. Zebras are separated from similar species by the striking black and yellow striping pattern on the upperside of the wings. Undersides are similar with red spots at wing bases.
 
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Zebra Longwing
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