Dive in! Get exclusive updates from us when you subscribe to Aquarium emails.

Zebra Longwing

Butterflies / Heliconius charitonius
Length 2.25-4"
Conservation Status
Not Evaluated

When it is disturbed, the zebra longwing butterfly makes a creaking sound by wiggling its body. At night, large groups of seventy or more will roost together on tree limbs. They return to the same roost night after night. The zebra longwing lavae eat the leaves of passion flowers. The passion flower contains a toxin that gives the zebra longwing an unpleasant taste and makes it poisonous to predators. The butterfly drinks the nectar of a wide range of flowers.

Peru to Southern United States
Warm damp tropical areas
© 2024 Tennessee Aquarium. All Rights Reserved. Made by Whiteboard in Chattanooga