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Striped butterfly

Observed: 17th July 2013 By: Christine Hardisty

Large black and pale yellow striped butterfly

    Likely ID
    Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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ID comment

Was this taken at butterfly farm, if not then it must be an escape as it is not a native UK species.

Christine Hardisty's picture

Taken in our garden :-)

Thanks for your reply. It was taken in our garden feeding on verbena bonensaris . There is a "Butterfly world" within about 3-4 miles across the M4 :-)

From internet it looks like it is from N America - Zebra Heliconia... it says it's popular with Butterfly Farms as it is long-lived.