Zebra Longwing Heliconius charithonia (Linnaeus, 1767)    Synonyms: Hodges #4418, Zebra Heliconian.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Lepidoptera   >   Family Nymphalidae   >   Genus Heliconius   


This beautiful tropical butterfly has been recorded accidentally as a presumed natural vagrant in Maryland only once, in Baltimore County. In North America, Zebra Heliconian is restricted to Florida and south Texas, and does not survive freezing temperatures.


The larval host plant is Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata).

There are 2 records in the project database.

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A Zebra Longwing in Miami, Florida (9/23/2010). The Zebra Longwing is extremely rare in Maryland with only one record for the state in Baltimore County. It is a very common butterfly in Florida. Photo by Dan Irizarry. (MBP list)

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