Yesterday, my young nephews and I went on a hike on the hillside at the back of our home; they called it “An Adventure”. Carrying their binoculars and tablet, we spent about half an hour walking and climbing over rocks, while trying to avoiding ants and thorns.
On our nature walk, the boys saw the various plants we grew in our hill. They also spotted a couple birds; and photographed a few insects. Then we saw a Zebra . . . the Zebra Longwing butterfly that is; and this time it flew very close by, and paused long enough for us to take pictures of it. The Zebra Longwing butterfly or Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charitonius) is especially attracted to red flowers, but it feeds on the nectar of a wide range of flowers. It is the Florida State Butterfly.