“Z” is for …

Zebra Longwing

Heliconius charithonia, commonly known as the Zebra Longwing or Zebra Heliconian, is a species of butterfly belonging to the subfamily Heliconiinae of the Nymphalidae. It was declared the official butterfly for the state of Florida in the United States in 1996.

The butterfly ranges over parts of North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. In North America the butterfly is found in the southern parts of the United States including Florida, Georgia, Virginia, North and South Carolina. In South and Central America, it has been recorded in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

The caterpillar feeds on Yellow Passionflower (Passiflora lutea), Corky-stemmed Passionflower (Passiflora suberosa), and Two-flower Passionflower (Passiflora biflora). The adults are unusual among butterflies in that they eat pollen as well as sip nectar. This ability contributes to their longevity—3 months as an adult. Because of their relatively long lifespan and their activity throughout the day, this is a popular species with butterfly houses. Another unusual feature is that adults roost in groups of up to 70, and return to the same roost each evening!

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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18 Responses to “Z” is for …

  1. Judith Davies says:


  2. k~ says:

    He’s beautiful!

  3. Amy Morgan says:

    Beautiful – and how striking, the black and white against all that vivid color.

  4. Wow. When I am more ambulatory, I need to get my camera back in play. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Brenda, I really love you, and I adore your work. You do know that these things creep me out, yes? That said, the wings on this one are spectacular!

  6. Paula Martin says:

    Super photos!
    Congrats on completing the challenge, and many thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Kathy says:

    WOW, cool shots. I have enjoyed visiting throughout the challenge and seeing your amazing photographs each day. Congratulations on the completion!!


    • drchoneydew says:

      didn’t think we could do it…and we DID and inbetween the Heron Chick births..amazing! My next blog surely! hehe

  8. Jo says:

    Well, what a finish. You know I love the flutterbys and I love you and I love your photography!
    You did an outstanding job with this challenge and created a beautiful BOOK of nature. ♥

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