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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Oct 11, 2016 6:46 PM CST
I'm pretty much a newbie with butterflies and I'm slowly trying to add host plants to attract more.
I'm wanting to entice zebra longwings but I am reading that they won't lay eggs and the cats won't feed on passifloras that aren't in part shade. Nor nectar on lantana that also isn't in part shade. Fact or fable? There's a lot of literature out there and there's nowhere better than right here for true information. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Oct 11, 2016 7:08 PM CST

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Hi, Kabby! You've come to the right place! And feel free to drop into the monthly butterfly thread at any time and ask a question. We all love pitching in!

I was once new and I read the same things. And it's bunk I tell you! Bunk! Rolling on the floor laughing What I have found is that Zebra Longwings show a strong preference for native passifloras, regardless of where they are planted. I grow P. lutea, P. suberosa, and a cultivar, P. 'Lavender Lady". I have them placed in different areas around the yard, and the P. suberosa has a tendency to reseed itself in odd places. I know it's not underground runners because there's concrete in between. The Zebras love P. suberosa and P. lutea. They seem to do better (survive more) on the P. suberosa. My "main" P. suberosa is right in front of my house, in full sun, bordered by concrete. I cannot keep the caterpillars off it. They strip the leaves and as soon as it starts sprouting again, I get eggs. The Gulf Fritillaries use it, too. It's definitely a competition. Hilarious!

That being said, I have moved Zebra Longwings over to the 'Lavender Lady' when I didn't have any other food and they ate it. They don't lay eggs on it, but the caterpillars will eat it. Another native is P. incarnata, but that can be fairly aggressive so I would only plant it if you have a lot of space.

Let us know if you have more questions!
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Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Oct 12, 2016 4:52 AM CST
Thank you Melanie this is exactly what I was looking for. What other nectar plants would you recommend for Zebras? Preferably hardy for zone 8a but I can get annuals too.
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Oct 12, 2016 7:06 PM CST
Hi Kabby
I read the same things you did online about shade and Zebras not going there. Wish I knew more but I'm in Zone 6a/6b. I did read where it said that they need pollen as well as nectar to survive the long time they're capable of. I know my Passion vine here already has tons of pollen and since you're planting that anyway, it should help. Mellie and the other Southern gardeners for BFs are great! They'll come along with great advice soon I'm sure! Good Luck!
Cheryl
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