Heliconius atthis

Atthis Longwing or False Zebra Longwing

Basic Information

General information

Family: “Nymphalidae”
Sub Family: “Heliconiinae”
Estimated Lifespan 40 Days

Garden Specific Information

Estimated Number In Flight: 18
Total Number of Pupae Received: 1087
First Flown On: 12/02/02
Last Flown On: 09/28/17

Species Range:

  • “NorthAmerica” “SouthAmerica” “Europe” “Africa” “Australia” “Asia”

Host plants:

  • P. resticulata

Food Source

The adults of this species are nectar feeders.

Habitat

The butterfly is found in forested areas.

Life history

Males patrol their habitat for females. After mating the female lays her eggs in clusters on the host vine. Caterpillars feed on the host until they form their chrysalides.

Flights

There are multiple generations each year and since the adults are long lived it is possible to find adults year round.

Fun Facts

In the genus Heliconius most species rely entirely on airborne chemicals to locate mates.