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 wont attract this beauty.
Only Florida butterfly to utilize detritus (leaf litter) as larval food from wax myrtle (Morella cerifera), sumac (Rhus spp.) and the highly invasive and prohibited (in FL) Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius).
Shown on Florida Native Plant: SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Morella cerifera);
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cassius Blue Butterfly (Leptotes cassius)
Florida Native Larval host: Milkpea (Galactia pp.), DOCTORBUSH (Plumbago zeylanica) and for extreme south Florida, wild tamarind (Lysiloma latisiliquum)
non-native Leadwort (Plumbago auriculata) is another potential larval host.
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Carolina Satyr Butterfly (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
larval hosts are various grasses. Carpetgrass (Axonopus spp.), a Florida native and Centipedegrass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) which is not native to Florida are two listed hosts.
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/see-spot-fly-carolina-satyr-butterfly/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly (Urbanus proteus) EGG
Watched the butterfly lay this egg on the non-native Desmodium incanum
Larval host: “Numerous members of the Pea family (Fabaceae) including Beaked Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum), American Wisteria (Wisteria americana), Kudzu (Pueraria Montana), and ticktrefoils (Desmodium spp.)”
My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/dont-skip-the-long-tailed-skipper-butterfly/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae)
Here’s a video slideshow of a cloudless sulphur butterfly from caterpillar to freedom I did back in 2011.
Larval host: Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), sensitive pea (C. nictitans), sicklepod senna (Senna obtusifolia), also non-native coffee senna (S. occidentalis), candle plant (S. alata)
Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/are-you-what-you-eat-in-the-wildlife-garden/