The Florida state butterfly, with a 3-3.5″ wingspan, the longwing is part of the brush-footed butterfly family whose adult members have tiny hairs on their forelegs. Larva eat passionflowers which contain poisonous alkaloids making them distasteful to predators such as birds and lizards. Found in shady areas, these butterflies fly slowly through low lying vegetation.
Latin Name: Heliconius Charitonius
Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock
Diet: Larva – passion flowers Adults – nectar