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The zebra longwing is the official Florida state butterfly.
Heliconius charitonius has a wingspan of over 8cm (about 3 inches). The forewings are long and narrow, jet black above with three yellow bands. The hindwings have one yellow band and a row of yellow spots. The undersides of the wings are paler, with red spots at the base.
Its larvae feed exclusively on passionflower. The adult butterflies can often be seen on firebush.
Found in hardwood hammocks, deep woods and gardens throughout peninsular Florida, the zebra longwing also ranges from South America through Central America and Mexico into southern Texas plus the West Indies.
Date record last modified:
Jun 09, 2017