Zebra Longwing Heliconius charithonia was designated the state butterfly of Florida in 1996. This specimen, found on Shepherds Needles Bidens pilosa near a heavily wooded area in Monticello, Florida, has been verified and accepted in the photographic library of the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) project. A sighting details page for this butterfly is available at the BAMONA web site: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org.
According to the organization’s web site, the Butterflies and Moths of North America project is an ambitious effort to collect and provide access to quality-controlled data about butterflies and moths for the continent of North America from Panama to Canada.
focal length: 280mm | exposure: f/8 – 1/500th second – ISO 3200