Picture of a Zebra Longwing Butterfly

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Zebra Longwing Butterfly photo
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Life Cycle of Butterflies

Zebra Longwing Chrysalis (pupa)

Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius)

This remarkable long-winged butterfly is simply striking in appearance with its basic black body and wings with impressive vivid yellow stripes. The Zebra Longwing has a calming appearance and is matched quite well with its slow promenading movements. They enjoy the open woodlands and forest edges. This is one of the few butterflies that does not stay in the sunny areas for long periods of time; they enjoy relaxing in the shade. This species can live up to four months. Enjoy this southern species in your garden, as they are a delight to watch.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Longwing (Heliconiinae)

Average Wingspan: 2 3/4" - 4"

Habitat: Open woodlands, forest edges

Plants That Attract This Butterfly

* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.

Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)

Where To Buy Plants

Butterfly Flight Range Map

Zebra Longwing Flight Range Map

Photo Credits:
Open wing - Fred Miller
Closed wing - Fred Miller
Chrysalis - Fred Miller

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