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Zebra Longwings

Heliconius charithonia

Description:

The caterpillar feeds on Yellow Passionflower (Passiflora lutea), Corky-stemmed Passionflower (Passiflora suberosa), and Two-flower Passionflower (Passiflora biflora). The adults are unusual among butterflies in that they eat pollen as well as sip nectar. This ability contributes to their longevity—3 months as an adult.[3] Because of their relatively long lifespan and their activity throughout the day, this is a popular species with butterfly houses. Another unusual feature is that adults roost in groups of up to 70, and return to the same roost each evening.

Habitat:

In a wet area on Bidens: Deer Prairie Preserve

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1 Comment

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely! I'm very jealous - they don't make it this far North!

ceherzog
Spotted by
ceherzog

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 5, 2011
Submitted on Dec 5, 2011

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