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Heliconius charithonius


Florida native


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.

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Heliconius charithonius is a member of the Nymphalidae - Brush-footed butterflies family.

Butterflies through Binoculars

   Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
 A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida

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Butterflies through Binoculars
Butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, and curious general readers will perhaps be surprised to learn that Florida's butterfly fauna is unique--and that, until the appearance of this volume, there has been no adequate field guide for the butterflies of this region. This guide simplifies identification by illustrating only species found in Florida--using superb photographs of live butterflies coupled with detailed range maps and identification data. It also offers, with unprecedented detail, much information on flight times and abundances for each of five Florida subregions, including reports on 70 localities in which to find butterflies. Lastly, discussions of the foodplants for each species along with suggestions for attracting these species to one's garden make this work invaluable for all Florida gardeners interested in butterflies.

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Jun 09, 2017

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