A Zebra Longwing butterfly is not deterred by a cloudy day at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area to lay a multitude of eggs on a corky-stem passion vine, the larval plant of the Zebra Longwing’s caterpillar stage. Note just below the butterfly all those yellow ovals on the plant are freshly laid eggs.
A night roost for Zebra Longwings, the state butterfly of Florida, discovered accidentally at dusk along one of the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area trails behind Audubon House. Oftentimes a large number of these butterflies will congregate in the same spot at night. The glaring light from the flash does not due justice to their actual coloration.
A few photos of a Zebra Longwing butterfly in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area in Indian River County, Florida. Aside from the butterfly’s flighty nature, these images were also hampered by a brisk wind blowing the butterfly in and out of frame when it alighted on a plant. In the image below note the large clumps of yellow pollen sticking to the butterfly’s proboscis as it probes a flower for nectar and pollen. According […]
Outside last night with Sam we found this night roost for Zebra Longwing Butterflies right outside the backdoor. The firebushes planted in the yard a few years ago have gotten quite large making for a convenient food source for the adult Longwings all day long. That, and the fact the passionflower vines, the larval food for the caterpillars, have also started to run riot in the backyard means there is a real resident population growing up right in the yard […]