Butterfly biome designed to replenish zebra longwings

The zebra longwing butterfly is the Florida State Butterfly. Populations were decimated in Hurricane Irma, in 2017. COURTESY PHOTO

The zebra longwing butterfly is the Florida State Butterfly. Populations were decimated in Hurricane Irma, in 2017. COURTESY PHOTO

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is collaborating with the Lower Keys Zebra Longwing Project to replenish the Florida Keys population of the zebra longwing, which is the Florida State Butterfly. While once abundant in the Florida Keys, local populations of this species were substantially lost in Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The garden has built a butterfly biome structure with native plants for all stages of a zebra longwing’s lifecycle. To date, one round of zebra longwing butterflies have been released into the garden.

The Key West Tropical Forest is at 5210 College Road on Stock Island. For more information, call 305-296-1504 or visit www.keywest.garden. ¦

 

 

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