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florida state butterfly zebra longwing (heliconius charitonius) dscn8102a.tif
Longwing Butterfly Family Heliconidae nectar butterflies flutter method nature interesting food feed feeding unusual insect insecta butterfly close up close up wing pattern patterns delicate antenna antennae The State Butterfly of Florida Zebra Longwing Long black wings with distinctive thin yellow bands combined with slow graceful flight characterize the zebra longwing Heliconius charitonius It has a wide range of habitats including hardwood hammocks thickets and gardens The zebra longwing is found throughout the state although it is more common in south Florida particularly in the Everglades National Park In 1996 the state legislature designated the zebra longwing as the official state butterfly