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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.)”

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=46

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/dont-skip-the-long-tailed-skipper-butterfly/

 

Caterpillar ©2013

 

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

female

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

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=15

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/

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

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)

Photo of adult dorsal view from July 2018:  https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/white-peacock-butterfly-anartia-jatrophae-4/

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/

White Peacock Butterfly (Anartia jatrophae)

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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),

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=25

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/

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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.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=1

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/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar 1st Instar (Papilio cresphontes)

1st instar.  note eggshell above right in the photo

Larval hosts are in the citrus family and Florida Native Plants include WILD LIME (Zanthoxylum fagara), Hercules club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) and hop tree (Ptelea trifoliata).

To avoid predation, it mimics the look of bird poop.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=8

My take: http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/awakening-giant-swallowtail.html

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)

Other photos:

egg: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/giant-swallowtail-butterfly-papilio-cresphontes-egg/

caterpillar: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/giant-swallowtail-butterfly-caterpillar-papilio-cresphontes-4/

adult: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2018/08/20/giant-swallowtail-butterfly-papilio-cresphontes-laying-eggs/

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