CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Red-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Calycopis cecrops)
Eggs are laid on fallen leaves. If you are overly tidy in the garden, you won’t attract this beauty.
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 on Florida Native Plant: Spanish needles (Bidens alba)