The zebra heliconian (also known as the zebra longwing) is the state butterfly of Florida. It flies throughout the year in south Florida.
Each year untold numbers of zebra heliconians find their way into the Peach State. Some years these colonists remain in the Coastal Plain. However, this year they have been routinely seen throughout Middle Georgia and points to the north. This summer I have personally received more reports of zebra heliconians than ever before. Many of these butterflies reproduce here in Georgia.
Today I received a call from a woman that lives in Macon. She called to ask me if I knew where she could find some passionflower vines. It seems that she has been hosting zebra heliconians for about a month. Recently she saw a female zebra laying eggs on a passionflower vines growing in her yard. Realizing that her meager vines will not support very many zebra heliconian caterpillars, she wanted to where to find some. It seems she cannot stand the thought of the caterpillars starving to death.
Not knowing the location of any plants, I suggested she check with nurseries that deal with butterfly nectar and host plants.
If you know where she could find some passionflower vines, please let me know. I will pass the information on to this concerned butterfly enthusiast.