Zebra Heliconian Butterfly (Heliconius charithonia)

Zebra Heliconian Butterfly Characteristics

The Zebra Heliconian is a medium sized butterfly, with elongated black wings with bold white stripes. It ranges from through parts of the Southern U.S., from Arizona through Texas and Oklahoma to Florida. The Zebra inhabits woodland clearings and moist wood edges.

Wing spread: 3.0" - 3.5"

Host Plants: Passion flowers

Zebra Heliconian Butterfly Life Cycle Stages and Times

Stage Typical Duration
Egg stage 4 to 8 days
Caterpillar (larval) stage 2 to 3 weeks
Chrysalis (pupal) stage 5 to 10 days
Adult butterfly stage 1 to 5 months

Zebra Heliconian Butterfly Photographs

Zebra Heliconian at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, Texas on October 22, 2016. Photo by and courtesy of David B. Sweidel.
Zebra Heliconian Butterfly in Texas


Zebra Heliconian Butterfly feeding on Lantana near Tyler in East Texas
Zebra Heliconian Butterfly in Texas

Zebra Heliconian Butterfly
Zebra Heliconian Butterfly with wings open