CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes)
Florida Native Larval Hosts: wild lime (Zanthoxylum fagara), Hercules club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis), hop tree (Ptelea trifoliata)
Non-native host: various cultivated and ornamental citrus (Citrus spp.)
Shown on Florida Native Plant: NUTTALL’S THISTLE (Cirsium nuttallii)
Larval host: in my yard is WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara) and non-native Meyer Lemon (Citrus sp.) although since I planted the native species they don’t tend to use the citrus much.
My take: http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/awakening-giant-swallowtail.html
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).
Shown on Florida Native Plant: SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Morella cerifera);
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cassius Blue Butterfly (Leptotes cassius)
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.