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/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ceraunus Blue Butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Flitting from flower to flower on the non-native creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata) in the driveway, I suspect it’s a gal that was laying eggs.
Larval Host Plants: Florida native PARTRIDGE PEA (Chamaecrista fasciculata) (aka Cassia fasciculata) and non-native hairy indigo (Indigofera hirsuta), creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata),
In April 2012, the Ceraunus Blue butterfly was listed on the Federal Register as Threatened Due to Similarity of Appearance to the endangered Miami Blue Butterfly in Coastal South and Central Florida.
Learn more: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/06/2012-8088/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-listing-of-the-miami-blue-butterfly-as-endangered
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/yellow-and-blue-make-beauty-in-the-garden/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus)
Larval hosts: Wild cherry (Prunus serotina), sweet bay (Magnolia virginiana), white ash (Fraxinus americana)
Shown on Florida Native Plant: DOCTORBUSH (Plumbago zeylanica)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalis (Papilio polyxenes)
Spotted on a rush stem in the culvert. Surrounded by the larval host, water cowbane.
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).
Despite having mock bishops weed in my yard, I have never seen this species use it.
There are color variations in adults.
Learn more: http://butterfliesofamerica.com/t/Papilio_polyxenes_a.htm
Photos of most phases from egg to adult: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/eastern-black-swallowtail-butterfly-caterpillar-papilio-polyxenes/
Eastern Black Swallowtail Chrysalis (Papilio polyxenes)
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/moving-day-black-swallowtail-butterfly/