The adults of this species are nectar feeders.
The butterfly is found in forested areas.
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.
There are multiple generations each year and since the adults are long lived it is possible to find adults year round.
In the genus Heliconius most species rely entirely on airborne chemicals to locate mates.