Monthly Archives: April 2013

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Dainty Sulphur Butterfly (Nathalis iole)

Shown on WHITETOP SEDGE (Rhynchospora spp.), a florida native plant.

This is North America’s smallest sulphur. Larval hosts: Bidens Alba:
and others in asters family:



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Palm Flatid Planthopper (Ormenaria rufifascia)

Shown on sedges after jumping down from SAW PALMETTO (Serenoa repens), a florida native plant.

“…actual injury to the palms is slight and not apparent.”



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (Eurytides marcellus)

Caterpillar coloring can vary dramatically. I’ve had black larvae as well as darker colored striped.

While Larvae feed mostly on common Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) in it’s range, in my yard it uses Asimina reticulata (aka Netted
Pawpaw) which it is shown on in the above photo. only regularly-occurring Kite Swallowtail in North America.

My take: