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Butterflies

For more information and images on Butterflies, visit the Categories section below, in Florida Animals or Florida Everglades / Natural Areas — or in such posts as A Butterfly’s Kingdom, Arthur’s Butterflies, Nabokov’s “Butterfly of Doom,Chasing Florida Flutterbys, and more.

On our hikes, we often stumble upon areas of flurried butterfly activity, due to Florida’s abundant all-year blooms. The most common encounter is the zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonius), designated as the official state butterfly of Florida in 1996. No wonder it’s the state butterfly; it’s found throughout Florida in hardwood hammocks, swamps, gardens, and in the Everglades.

It’s tempting to want to cheat and run to Butterfly World to nab some prime shots of our butterflies, but I prefer to rely on the natural environs. We’ve spied some lovelies — swallowtails, sulphurs, whites, milkweeds, and longwings — but sometimes, they don’t want to pose for the camera. Or if they do, they rest in unfortunate spots — I find myself plowing through beastly banana spider webs, or managing the swamp, to chase butterflies. More than once I’ve nearly tripped over large, scaly, and silent objects at the water’s edge — quite unlike a butterfly — in my efforts to photograph these lovelies…. Proof positive to always be aware of one’s surroundings when hiking near water in Florida, and to be fully respectful and knowledgeable of alligators’ behavior. This certainly isn’t the first close encounter with these interesting creatures in our years of Florida hiking, nor will it be the last.

For More Information:

Piano Key Butterfly

Clipper Butterfly

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly (Marpesia petreus)

Zebra Longwing Butterfly, Fern Forest

Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus), Arthur R. Marshall

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly (Marpesia petreus)

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly (Marpesia petreus)

Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius), Riverbend Park

Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus), Arthur R. Marshall

Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius), Arthur R. Marshall

Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus), Arthur R. Marshall

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly (Marpesia petreus)? Julia?, Arthur R. Marshall

Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius), Arthur R. Marshall

White Peacock Butterfly (Anartia jatrophae), Arthur R. Marshall

Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charitonius), Arthur R. Marshall

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly (Marpesia petreus)? Julia?, Arthur R. Marshall

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. great butterfly shots! I also love taking photos in my front yard butterfly garden, they are everywhere! hope to see you soon, lets go on a photo walk soon! (met you at Busch wildlife a while ago) @www.brenda-artinnature.blogspot.com

    August 2, 2013
    • Hello hello!!! It’s so great to hear from you… And thanks so very much! I love our butterflies; I’ve planted lots of plants to attract them to my little home as well. 🙂

      I would love to go for a photo-walk soon — it’s been far too long, what with work and the heat! I adore your area, so PLEASE don’t hesitate to drop a line anytime…. Maybe I’ll be visiting Busch Wildlife soon, too!

      August 9, 2013
  2. Love your pictures and site 🙂

    August 9, 2016
  3. Hello,
    I enjoyed visiting your site with photos and links to more butterfly information/viewing areas. As the manager of Daggerwing Nature Center, located in western Boca Raton, I must recommend visiting the certified butterfly garden in front of the nature center. Multiple species can be seen at various stages of their life cycle throughout the year. Daggerwing Nature Center is operated by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department and is thus free to visit. I invite you to visit the butterfly garden (sunrise to sunset) and the nature center during operating hours. Feel free to share a link to our website for your webpage visitors:
    http://discover.pbcgov.org/parks/Pages/Daggerwing.aspx
    Thank you,
    Sean Mallee

    December 30, 2017
    • Thanks so very much for the information and the provided link! I can’t believe I’ve never had the opportunity to visit, but I hope that changes very soon.

      January 2, 2018

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