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Butterfly

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Gray Hairstreak Butterfly (Strymon melinus)

Multiple larval host plants, many in the pea and Desmodium families

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=23

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BLACKROOT (Pterocaulon pycnostachyum)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos)

One of the Brush-Footed Butterflies.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wings/completeButterflyInfo.asp?id=64

Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/411

Larval host: Asters

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/pearl-crescent-butterfly/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus floridensis)

Adult is a mimic of the milkweed butterflies (Monarch and Queen).

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=39

subspecies info: http://bugguide.net/node/view/548

Larval host: Larvae feed mainly on leaves of willow (Salix) and poplar and cottonwood (Populus); other hosts include apple (Malus) and cherry (Prunus) (source: bugguide.net)

Adults feed on: Early in the season when few flowers are available Viceroys feed on aphid honeydew, carrion, dung, and decaying fungi. Later generations feed more often at flowers, favoring composites including aster, goldenrod, joe-pye weed, shepherds needle, and Canada thistle (SOURCE: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Limenitis-archippus)

Range: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Limenitis-archippus?quicktabs_8=0#quicktabs-8

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SWAMP BAY (Persea palustris)

My take:  https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/viceroy-butterfly-puts-up-a-smokescreen/

Dorsal view:

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Caterpillar (Agraulis vanillae)

member of the Brushfooted Butterflies Family (Nymphalidae)

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=28

Larval hosts: maypop (Passiflora incarnata), yellow passion flower (Passiflora lutea), corky-stemmed passion flower (Passiflora suberosa)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PURPLE PASSIONFLOWER (Passiflora incarnata)

Mating Pair From June 2014:

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

Nathalis iole

Larval hosts:  Spanish needles (Bidens alba), carpetweed (Mullogo verticillata)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=12

This is North America’s smallest sulphur. Larval hosts: Bidens Alba: http://bugguide.net/node/view/216703/bgimage
and others in asters family:

Shown on Florida Native Plant: TICKSEED (Coreopsis spp.)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

Many thanks to @AndyBugGuy for the confirmed identification of this female.

North America’s smallest Skipper.

Learn:  https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Copaeodes-minima

Larval host: grasses

Learn more: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=48

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/skip-skip-skip-to-my-lou/

From 2011 laying eggs:

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