Cethosia cyane

Leopard Lacewing

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Nymphalidae”
Sub Family: “Heliconiinae”
Estimated Lifespan 16 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 23
Total Number of Pupae Received: 17331
First Flown On: 10/14/02
Last Flown On: 03/29/24

Species Range:

  • “Asia”

Host plants:

  • Passiflora

Food Source

The adult Leopard Lacewing will nectar from a variety of flowers such as Lantana and Pentas.


This butterfly is quite common in its native land and can be found in a variety of habitats.

Life history

After mating the female lays clusters of eggs on the underside of the hostplant leaves or along the tender new stems. This species feeds gregariously as a caterpillars from the time it hatches from the egg until pupation.


This butterfly has multiple generations per year so it can be found in flight year round.

Fun Facts

In 2008, we had a special Lacewing emerge here at the Gardens. It is called a gynandromorph, this means the left side of the butterfly showed female characteristics and the right side showed male characteristics.