A common sight in moist, tropical environments, the Zebra Butterfly can be found in that habitat all year round. It is highly identifiable by the yellow/white-on-black coloring when fully developed. Some stripes are yellow, others are white, but all species have a zebra-like pattern on the tops and bottoms of their wings. A few, small red spots near the body of the butterfly can be seen on both sides of the forewings. Its forelegs are considerably shorter than its back legs as is the case with all members of the Brush-Footed Butterfly family. Though active flyers throughout the day, Zebra Butterflies actually will band together at night in large groups.
The caterpillar is a gray or white with spots that may appear as black or brown. They feed on the leaves of the passion vine plant which contains noxious chemicals that the caterpillar retains in its body through adulthood. This makes both the caterpillar and adult unsavory meals for most predators.
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