Nymphalidae Heliconius charithonia Zebra Longwing State butterfly of Florida Asteraceae Bidens pilosa Shepherds Needles verified accepted BAMONA Monticello Florida

Zebra Longwing – Americana Collection

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.

camera: Nikon D3 | lens: AF Nikkor VR Zoom 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED with Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E-III
focal length: 280mm | exposure: f/8 – 1/500th second – ISO 3200