Iconic SWFL butterfly species needs help recovering post-Ian

Apr 24, 2023 | Butterfly House, In the News

Sightings of the zebra longwing, once the most prominent butterfly in Southwest Florida, have been spotty since Hurricane Ian. One group is working to bring it back.

“Structurally, they’re built quite differently from the other butterflies,” said Cheryl Anderson, curator of Tom Allen Butterfly House.

Anderson feels their name is fitting, as they do have long wings. The upper ones are uniquely twice as long as the lower wings.