Zebra Longwing Butterfly Appearing In Houston Garden



Here’s something you don’t see every day in Houston.  A Zebra Longwing Butterfly.  According to the wonderful Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas book, “The beautiful and unmistakable zebra butterfly is unfortunately a rare visitor to Houston from Mexico and the lower Rio Grande Valley.”

It was early this morning and I was letting the dogs out to do their business.  I saw an unusually shaped Butterfly and I knew immediately what it was.  By the time I grabbed my camera, it had flown away and I thought no one would believe me if I said I saw one in my backyard.

Fortunately she returned, and actually began laying eggs on my Passion Vine.

Zebra Longwing In Houston Laying Eggs On Passionvine With Gulf Fritillary In Background

Zebra Longwing In Houston Laying Eggs On Passionvine With Gulf Fritillary In Background

Zebra Longwing In Houston Laying Eggs On Passionvine

Zebra Longwing In Houston Laying Eggs On Passionvine

Zebra Longwing In Houston Investigating Passionvine

Zebra Longwing In Houston Investigating Passionvine

Valerie Evanson - Awesome! I’ve seen one of these in a local butterfly house years ago.November 4, 2012 – 8:08 am

Jeanne - Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.November 4, 2012 – 6:30 pm

Keith Kingdon - Where in Houston are you located. We had a nice fresh one this afternoon in NW Houston.November 17, 2012 – 3:14 pm

texdr - I’m in Humble, so the Northeast side of HoustonNovember 17, 2012 – 7:28 pm

Carol Bookout - I had one this morning (12/8/12) feeding on my Cestrum…a first for my yard. I live off of Veterans-Memorial about 1/2 mile south of the Sam Houston Tollway in NNW HoustonDecember 8, 2012 – 10:00 pm

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