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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)

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=6

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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

I’d been watching this caterpillar for a few days.  They roll in leaves during the day and I was surprised to find it rolled in a Bidens alba leaf.  It had nipped off a bud from its larval host and then secreted itself making its tent out of the bidens which was growing within the Sida.

8/25/2017

Larval Host Plants: Herbaceous Pants (Malvaceae)—Cuban Jute (Sida rhombifolia) and Common Fanpetals (Sida acuta) [source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw057%5D

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

Special thanks to @AndyBugGuy a.k.a. Andrew D. Warren, Ph.D. for the correct identification.

Earlier instars shown on Florida Native Plant:  CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia):

08/17/2017

08/19/2017

Photos of adult from 2013: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/checkered-skipper-butterfly-pyrgus-spp-oileus-or-communis/

 

 

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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 (Myrica cerifera), sumac (Rhus spp.) and the highly invasive and prohibited (in FL) Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius).

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=21

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

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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: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=7

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) EGG

member of the Brushfooted Butterflies Family (Nymphalidae)

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=31

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

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

My take:
When a Peacock isnt a Bird
http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/when-a-peacock-isnt-a-bird/

Adult from October 2016:

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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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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Fiery Skipper Butterfly (Hylephila phyleus)

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

Learn: https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wings/completeButterflyInfo.asp?id=49

Larval host: grasses

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

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

More photos from prior years:

Fiery Skipper on Bidens alba

Fiery Skipper on Bidens alba

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