The Zebra Longwing Butterfly

We have several Zebra Longwing butterflies visiting our yard from time to time, but they never pause long enough for a photo.  These butterflies are black in colour, with narrow yellow stripes, and have small red basal spots; I admire the pattern on their wings.

The Zebra Longwing butterfly (Heliconius charitonius) is also known as the Zebra heliconian. One of its host plants is the passion flower on which its caterpillars feed. The caterpillar are white with black spots and numerous black spines; I have never seen them.

The butterfly is especially attracted to red flowers from which it gathers nectar and pollen. Early this morning I found a lifeless Zebra Longwing butterfly in the grass and took a few photos of it. Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius) Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius) Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius) Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius) Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius)

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