Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Zebra Longwing

Zebra Longwing

Zebra Longwing – (Heliconius charitonius)

I saw this Zebra Longwing while walking along a path at the John Yarbrough Ten Mile Canal in Ft. Myers. The Zebra like most butterfly’s don’t stay in one place long enough to take a good picture but I stayed in the same place and waited for this one to land on a flowering plant and stay there long enough to catch it in a photo. The Zebra Longwing is Florida’s state butterfly and it’s host plant is the Corky Stem Passion Vine. I think the wildflower it is feeding on is called the Beggartick.

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