Florida Butterflies 101: Identifying the Different Types of Butterflies

Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charithonia)

The Zebra Longwing is the state butterfly of Florida. It has black wings with narrow yellow stripes, giving it a zebra-like appearance. It is known for its slow and graceful flight.

Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)

The Gulf Fritillary is a medium-sized butterfly with bright orange wings marked with black spots. The undersides of its wings are a distinctive silver color. It is commonly found in open areas, including gardens and fields.

Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)

The Queen Butterfly is a large butterfly with orange wings and black veins. It closely resembles the Monarch Butterfly but can be distinguished by its smaller size and lack of white spots on the wings.

Florida White (Appias drusilla)

The Florida White is a small butterfly with white wings and black wingtips. It is commonly found in open habitats, such as meadows and fields.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is a large butterfly with yellow wings and black stripes. The females can have two different forms: yellow and black-striped, or mostly black with blue and orange spots.

These are just a few examples of the butterfly species that can be found in Florida. The state’s warm climate and diverse habitats support a rich butterfly population with many more species to discover.