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Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charithonia vazquezae)





Caterpillar HostplantsVarious species of Passion Vine (Passiflora spp.) Passiflora incarnata, P. lutea, and others.
Area Sighting
Lake Lewisville, Heard Museum
Seasonal Flight DataAn immigrant to the Dallas area, this species is best sought after in the late summer or fall, although earlier records exist. Although not as common as other immigrant species, it can be expected most years.
General NotesThere are two subspecies of Zebra Longwing in the United States: the Texas subspecies, Heliconius charithonia vazquezae and the Florida subspecies, Heliconius charithonia tuckeri. In recent years, with the advent of butterfly releases, the Florida subspecies has been showing up in Texas with alarming frequency. While the USDA has made it illegal to release the Florida subspecies in Texas it is still being found here, especially in large metropolitan areas and particularly in close association with organizations where weddings are held (i.e. the Ft. Worth Botanic Gardens, the Dallas Arboretum, etc.). For a comparison between the two subspecies click here.

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