Sunday, April 27, 2014

Zebra Longwing Butterfly - The State Butterfly of Florida

A Zebra Longwing Butterfly - the State Butterfly of Florida - makes a rare appearance in the backyard. It is aptly named as it has distinct Zebra stripes and extra long "wing extensions" beyond what would normally be symmetrical for a butterfly. It also has notably red accents. It is more common in south Florida and especially the Everglades.Sitting on a leaf of the invasive Brazilian Pepper Tree it is warming up and getting ready to start its day. Our resident nesting Great Crowned Flycatchers are likely to make a quick meal of this beauty.

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