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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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