Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charitonius)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Sparse migrant from the south; the Natural Heritage Program now has about 20 records. The records are widely scattered in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain (essentially only for the southern coast). However, a flurry of 2003-04 records from Durham County, where the N.C. Museum of Life and Science is located, makes it virtually certain that these records are related to escapes from the museum, which has a butterfly house containing this and other tropical species.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Casual to now very rare; to be looked for primarily near the extreme southern coast. The origin of most recent records is uncertain, and many likely pertain to man-assisted occurrences.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: The dates fall between early July and mid-November, though most sightings are from mid-August into November.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.