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Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia
The Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia) is also sometimes called Zebra Longwing. It is tropical species which occurs in the extreme southern United States and Mexico. In late summer the species sometimes wanders north into the mid west region of the U.S. The first 9 shots shown here were taken in the butterfly garden at the Zilker Botanical Gardens, in Austin, Travis Co., Texas. These shots were taken in a greenhouse where there had been a hatch of the species. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 10D and an EF 70-200 F/2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The shot shown here was taken along the bank of the Colorado River in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in August, 2007, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The image shown here was taken in Austin, Texas, in October, 2007, with the same gear as described just above.
During mild winters, this species may linger quite late in central Texas. The Zebra shown here was in Austin, Texas in late December, 2007. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 40D and EF 300mm F/4 l IS lens and 1.4X extender.

Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia
roosting in the early morning
Rancho Primavera,
near El Tuito, Jalisco,
Mexico
5 April 2014

Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia
Sanibel Island,
Lee Co., Florida
9 October 2014
Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia
National Butterfly Center,
Mission,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
8 November 2014
Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia
National Butterfly Center,
Mission,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
8 November 2014
Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia
National Butterfly Center,
Mission,
Hidalgo Co., Texas
8 November 2014
Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia
Resaca de la Palma State Park,
Cameron Co., Texas
9 November 2014
Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia
San Marcos River,
San Marcos,
Hays Co., Texas
28 September 2015
Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
3 November 2015
Zebra Longwing
AKA Zebra Heliconian
Hornsby Bend,
Austin,
Travis Co., Texas
3 November 2015