Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ruddy Daggerwing

This Ruddy Daggerwing is one of the highlights of our stroll through Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples, Florida.  This large butterfly warmed itself in the morning sunlight.  The species is found along both coasts of Mexico and in southern Florida, where it flies all year, it inhabits hardwood hammocks.  In the Midwest summer, the species strays north to Nebraska.  The larva are fond of fig leaves, the adults are attracted to flowers and rotting fruit.

A butterfly that escaped my lens is the Zebra Heliconian, a long-winged, black-and-yellow striped beauty that feeds on passion vines.   Alligators be damned, next time I see one I will have to chase after it more fervently!

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