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ZEBRA LONG WING BUTTERFLY

Heliconius charithonia, the zebra longwing or zebra heliconian, is a species of butterfly belonging to the subfamily Heliconiinae of the Nymphalidae. The boldly striped black and white wing pattern is aposematic, warning off predators.

When it is disturbed, the zebra longwing butterfly makes a creaking sound by wiggling its body. At night, large groups will roost together on tree limbs. They return to the same roost night after night.


The zebra longwing butterfly can be found in the southern United States from Texas to Florida. It is also found in Central America and northern South America.


The zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius charitonius) was designated the official state butterfly of Florida in 1996.

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