Historic Markers Across Florida

A Butterfly's Habitat

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Location: 6690 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 47.429    W 082° 23.889
  27.79048333    -82.39815
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMVQZF


A Butterfly's Habitat

In the Tampa Bay area's subtropical climate, butterflies can thrive among many varieties of plants. In fact, most live their entire lives around plants like the ones in this garden, which was created as a butterfly habitat.
The plants attract and feed several kinds of butterflies. It's easy to create a butterfly garden of your own at home — just talk to an expert at your local garden shop or at your county extension office.

Did you know ?
• It's estimated that there are about 28,000 species of butterflies (about 160 species in Florida).
• Butterflies do not bite or carry disease.
• Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera (a word that combines Greek words meaning “scales" and “wings" — butterflies and moths are the only insects that have scale-covered wings.
• The official butterfly of Florida is the Zebra Longwings (Heliconius charitonius).
• Butterflies must have a body temperature above 88 degrees Fahrenheit to fly.
• Some butterflies can fly faster that 30 miles per hour.
Slower butterflies generally fly about five miles per hour.
• In addition to drinking the nectar of plants, butterflies use them as shelter at night and during bad weather.
• Butterflies can only drink water from wet sand or soil.
Photos Left to Right
Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanilla) on a lantana plant.
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar
Monarch pupa (metamorphosis stage)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on a milkweed plant.
Zebra longwings (Heliconius charitonius) on a penta-flower

Photographs of the marker can be found on HMDB.org