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The Official Butterfly of Florida

I feel like explorer David Livingston since I have finally stumbled over the official butterfly of Florida. It was declared in 1996 but I had no idea having just recently moved here. It is the zebra longwing butterfly which has low narrow wings and stripes like a zebra’s. The wings are black and the stripes yellow. 

These butterflies are native to South and Central America. They are the only butterflies that feed on pollen. Scientists believe that the nutrients from the pollen help these butterflies live longer usually about six months than other butterfly species. They also enjoy leaves and nectar. Zebra longwings tend to make creaking sounds when they’re threatened. The butterflies stay together in a group on tree branches at night. Now I am going to have to walk around at night looking up into tree branches to try to spot these amazing butterflies.

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