Red-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Calycopis cecrops)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Red-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Calycopis cecrops)

Only Florida butterfly to utilize detritus (leaf litter) as larval food from wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera), sumac (Rhus spp.) and the highly invasive and prohibited (in FL) Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius).

Shown nectaring on Florida Native Plant: BUTTON RATTLESNAKEMASTER; BUTTON ERYNGO (Eryngium yuccifolium)




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