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Monthly Archives: September 2016

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Spotted Beet Webworm Moth (Hymenia perspectalis)

New to my buggy life list. My encounter was submitted and accepted to add this species to the Osceola county Florida checklist at butterfliesandmoths.com http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1103170

Larval hosts: beets, chard, potatoes, Amaranth, and various greenhouse plants.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/9728

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Bougainvillea Caterpillar Moth (Asciodes gordialis)

New to my buggy life list. My encounter was submitted and accepted to add this species to the Osceola county Florida checklist at butterfliesandmoths.com http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1103320

Came to light. Will be disappointed in my yard since I don’t have any of the non-native bougainvillea it needs for its young to feed on.

Larval hosts: Bougainvillea spp.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/343023

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Barred Yellow Butterfly Caterpillar (Eurema daira)

aka Barred Sulphur. Colors of adults vary by season.

Larval hosts: Shyleaf (Aeschynomene americana), pencilflower (Stylosanthes biflora), and non-native perennial peanut (Arachis glabrata)

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=9
Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7689

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SHYLEAF (Aeschynomene americana)

Photo of adult:

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Mating pair:

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Wedge-shaped Beetle (Macrosiagon cruenta)

New to my buggy life list. Lays eggs on flowers, and its larvae are parasitic on flower-visiting wasps such as Vespidae, Tiphiidae, Pompilidae, Crabronidae, Sphecidae and bees such as Halictidae and Apidae

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN106900.pdf
Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/12439

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CLIMBING HEMPVINE (Mikania scandens)

Species list for Florida: http://www.fsca-dpi.org/Coleoptera/Mike/rhipiph.htm beetle list

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Yellow-Striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

Generalist whose larvae eat multiple crops so not a favorite with farmers. There are many native hosts and the larvae are parasitize by wasps and tachinid fly which are needed pollinators. Also preyed upon by the likes of damsel, big-eyed and pirate bugs making these moths have an important roll in the circle of life.

Larval host: include but are not limited to Florida native Rumex sp., Lactuca sp. and Plantago sp.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/leaf/yellowstriped_armyworm.htm

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio polyxenes)

Larval host: carrot family (Apiaceae) including parsley (Petroselinium crispum), dill (Anthum graveolens), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), mock bishop’s weed (Ptilimnium capillaceum)

In my yard they use Florida Native Plant WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis) and this guy is shown eating that.

Despite having mock bishops weed in my yard, I have never seen this species use it.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=1

There are color variations in adults.
Learn more: http://butterfliesofamerica.com/t/Papilio_polyxenes_a.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis)

eggs:

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older instar larva:

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photo of Adults:

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on carolina redroot

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Common Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia)

This beauty is a generalist choosing a variety of plant host species.

Larval host: Plantain (Plantago spp.), False Foxglove (Agalinis fasciculata), Florida Toadflax (Linaria floridana), Blueheart (Buchnera americana), Twinflower (Dyschoriste oblongifolia), Frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora)

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=33

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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