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Butterfly

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly (Eurytides marcellus)

The only regularly-occurring Kite Swallowtail in North America.

Larval host: Pawpaw (Asimina spp.)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/zebra-swallowtail/

Caterpillar: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/zebra-swallowtail-butterfly-caterpillar-eurytides-marcellus/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/zebra_swallowtail.htm

My take:
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly: What Pizzazz
http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/zebra-swallowtail-butterfly-what-pizzazz/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: White Peacock Butterfly (Anartia jatrophae)

member of the Brushfooted Butterflies Family (Nymphalidae)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/white-peacock/

Larval hosts: water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri), frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Photo of egg from 2017: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/white-peacock-butterfly-anartia-jatrophae-egg/

My take: When a Peacock Isn’t a Bird
http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/when-a-peacock-isnt-a-bird/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: White Checkered-Skipper Butterfly (Pyrgus albescens)

host plants include many species of mallows (Malvaceae); in my yard that would likely be Sida spp.

Learn: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Pyrgus-albescens

My take: http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/blur-of-butterfly-missed-opportunity.html

Shown on Florida Native Plant: : Spanish Needles (Bidens alba)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: American Lady Butterfly (Vanessa virginensis)

Sometimes the common name is given as American (Painted) Lady; True “painted lady” butterfly (V. cardui) has different laval hosts and eyespot count is one key to identification. See composite photos for identification: http://bugguide.net/node/view/236368

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

Larval host: cudweed aka Everylasting. In my yard: Delicate Everlasting (Gamochaeta antillana) a Florida native cudweed. (syn. Gnaphalium spp.);
Other possible hosts: pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), plantain-leaved pussy toes (Antennaria plantaginifolia), wormwood (Artemisia), ironweed (Vernonia), and burdock (Arctium).

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/american-painted-lady/

caterpillar: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/american-lady-butterfly-caterpillar-vanessa-virginiensis/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: TURKEY TANGLE FOGFRUIT; CAPEWEED (Phyla nodiflora)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/make-a-butterfly-everlasting/

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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).

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/red-banded-hairstreak/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Great Southern White Butterfly Caterpillars (Ascia monuste)

I spotted the mom laying eggs last week so I monitored them every day.  They hatched yesterday!

Larval Host Plants: Virginia pepper grass (Lepidium virginicum), saltwort (Batis maritima), limber caper (Capparis flexuosa), sea rocket (Cakile lanceolata)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/great-southern-white/

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Virginia Pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum)., a larval host

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/enjoying-little-things-in-the-garden/

Adult/eggs: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/great-southern-white-butterfly-ascia-monuste-laying-eggs/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Great Southern White Butterfly (Ascia monuste) laying eggs

Note blue antenna clubs which is a characteristic of this species.

Larval Host Plants: Virginia pepper grass (Lepidium virginicum), saltwort (Batis maritima), limber caper (Capparis flexuosa), sea rocket (Cakile lanceolata)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/great-southern-white/

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Virginia Pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum)., a larval host

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/enjoying-little-things-in-the-garden/

eggs:

southernwhiteEggsPepperweedFeb2020

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: White Peacock Butterfly (Anartia jatrophae)

member of the Brushfooted Butterflies Family (Nymphalidae)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/white-peacock/

Larval hosts: water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri), frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora)

Photo of egg from 2017: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/white-peacock-butterfly-anartia-jatrophae-egg/

My take: When a Peacock Isn’t a Bird
http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/when-a-peacock-isnt-a-bird/

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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: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/buckeye-common/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/gulf-fritillary/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Larval host: PURPLE PASSIONFLOWER (Passiflora incarnata) and other Passiflora spp.

Caterpillar:  https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/10/21/gulf-fritillary-butterfly-caterpillar-agraulis-vanillae/

mating pair: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/gulf-fritillary-butterfly-agraulis-vanillae-mating/

my take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/fritillary-butterfly-gone-rogue/

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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).

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/red-banded-hairstreak/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cassius Blue Butterfly Caterpillar (Leptotes cassius)

Last week I watched the butterflies laying eggs.  This week I was determined to find larva.  SUCCESS!

Larval Host Plants: Milkpea (Galactia spp.), Leadwort (Plumbago spp.), wild tamarind (Lysiloma latisiliquum)

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/cassius_blue.htm

Learn more: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/cassius-blue/

Learn more: VIDEO of ant interacting with a caterpillar: http://www.terranat.com/default.html?recid=132_notes

Shown on Florida Native Plant: DOCTORBUSH (Plumbago zeylanica)

Photos of egg and late instars: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/cassius-blue-butterfly-leptotes-cassius-egglarvae/

Photo of female adult: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/cassius-blue-butterfly-leptotes-cassius-laying-eggs/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cassius Blue Butterfly (Leptotes cassius) laying eggs

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.

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/cassius-blue/

Lifecycle: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/cassius-blue-butterfly-leptotes-cassius-egglarvae/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: DOCTORBUSH (Plumbago zeylanica)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

resident breeding populations occur year-round in central and south Florida

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/monarch/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Larval host: Various milkweed including White Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias perennis), Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), and Pineland Milkweed (Asclepias humistrata)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae) Mating

These two were fluttering around paired and landed in an overgrown area

Male above, female below

Here’s a video slideshow of a cloudless sulphur butterfly from caterpillar to freedom I did back in 2011.

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/cloudless-sulphur/

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: MUSCADINE {GRAPE} (Vitis rotundifolia) 

(yes, that’s cogongrass that needs removal)

Caterpillar: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/cloudless-sulphur-butterfly-caterpillar-phoebis-sennae-2/

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/are-you-what-you-eat-in-the-wildlife-garden/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly Caterpillar (Phoebis sennae)

adult: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/cloudless-sulphur-phoebis-sennae/

Larval hosts: Partridge pea (Cassia fasciculata), sensitive pea (Cassia nictitans), sicklepd senna (Cassia obtusifolia), coffee senna (Cassia occidentalis), candle plant (Cassia alata)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/cloudless-sulphur/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SENSITIVE PEA (Chamaecrista nictitans var. aspera)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/are-you-what-you-eat-in-the-wildlife-garden/

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

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

Shown Florida Native Plant: BLUESTEM GRASS (Andropogon sp.)

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

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly (Eurytides marcellus)

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly (Eurytides marcellus)

The only regularly-occurring Kite Swallowtail in North America.

Larval host: Pawpaw (Asimina spp.)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/zebra-swallowtail/

Caterpillar: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/zebra-swallowtail-butterfly-caterpillar-eurytides-marcellus/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/zebra_swallowtail.htm

My take:
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly: What Pizzazz
http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/zebra-swallowtail-butterfly-what-pizzazz/

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