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The Zebra Swallowtail is a beautiful butterfly with black stripes on a whitish background. The hind wings have very long tails resembling those of a Swallow-
These butterflies can be observed in open brushy fields, dry pastures, sandhills, and scrubby flatwoods. Adults are seen from February thru November. The host plants for their young include Pawpaws and Squirrel Bananas. Compared to other swallowtail butterflies, the proboscis of the Zebra Swallowtail is much shorter, so they are attracted to flowers that are shorter and flatter, instead of the long tube-
The images on this page were taken in Deep Creek, Charlotte County during the month of August. The butterfly is sipping nectar from a Shrubby False Buttonweed plant.