Passion Flower Butterfly

Heliconius melpomene

The passion flower butterfly depends on an intimate relationship with the passion flower vine. As a caterpillar, it feasts on the young leaves and builds up immunity to the plant’s toxins. As an adult, it drinks the flower’s nectar and pollen.

Fact File

life expectancyLife Expectancy: 6 to 9 mo
wingspanWingspan: 2.5 to 3.3 in
habitatHabitat: Forest
dietDiet: Passion flower vine