ZEBRA LONGWING by May Lattanzio

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I see one of these beauties once every 5 years or so near my vines by the front gate. There’s wild grape, crossvine and morning glories creating dense protection for small wildlife in there. They fly differently than butterflies with more “normal” wing design. I can tell they are they from the way they cast their shadows.

I felt well enough to go exploring by myself up to Pitt Spring on Sunday. I got out of the house around noon. It takes about 20 minutes to drive there and the parking lot was full. So I parked out on the road and almost as planned, this beautiful specimen, larger than the one in my vines this summer, was waiting for me, nectaring in the Bidens alba, my old friend and dependable butterfly plant, Spanish Needles.

I didn’t know this was the Florida State butterfly, or that it is the only butterfly to eat pollen as well as nectar. You learn something every day!

Bayou George, FL
Sony DSC W-90
September 2013

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zebra longwing, butterfly, florida springs

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work
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  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioabout 1 year ago

    Thank you, Ann!

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations:

  • Thank you, so much Rosalie, for my feature!

    – May Lattanzio

  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhrabout 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much for my feature! How nice that you thought it was worthy when I look at this little swallow on its nest!

    – May Lattanzio

  • Linda  Makiej Photography
    Linda Makiej ...about 1 year ago
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    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨Congratulations on your marvelous and well deserved feature!!!

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidoptera10 months ago


    December 2/2013
    Enjoy the day May with the Just Butterflies Featured Gallery.
    Wish you A Sunny Day with Butterfly Kisses,
    Johanna

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzio6 months ago

    Thank you for my features. I am currently working on being a breast cancer survivor but spring is here and I’m feeling very GREAT!

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