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Butterfly

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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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Whirlabout Skipper Butterfly (Polites vibex)

Polites vibex on Oakleaf Fleabane

Learn: https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wings/completeButterflyInfo.asp?id=67

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:

From March 2014 Mating on grasses

From September 2015 on Bidens alba

Dorsal view from September 2013

September 2013 on Sedge

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Nectaring on Florida native Bidens alba the dots on the body are an identifying characteristic of this beauty.

Black Swallowtail, Eastern Papilio polyxenes

Black Swallowtail, Eastern Papilio polyxenes

Larval host: carrot family (Apiaceae) including non-native parsley (Petroselinium crispum), dill (Anthum graveolens), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Florida native 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

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/moving-day-black-swallowtail-butterfly/

From past encounters: eggs:

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older instar larva:

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see also: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/09/24/eastern-black-swallowtail-butterfly-caterpillar-papilio-polyxenes/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

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One of the brush footed butterfly species. This one landed on the covered patio in 45F cloudy weather.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=36

Citizen Scientist Project: http://vanessa.ent.iastate.edu/node/2170

Larval host: Pellitory (Parietaria floridana), Stinging Nettle (Urtica urens), False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)

From 2016:redadmiralJune2016

June 2016

June 2016

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)

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

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

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140726015500/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/yellow-and-blue-make-beauty-in-the-garden.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus)

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Adult is a mimic of the milkweed butterflies (Monarch and Queen).

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=39

subspecies info: http://bugguide.net/node/view/548

Larval host: Larvae feed mainly on leaves of willow (Salix) and poplar and cottonwood (Populus); other hosts include apple (Malus) and cherry (Prunus) (source: bugguide.net)

Adults feed on: Early in the season when few flowers are available Viceroys feed on aphid honeydew, carrion, dung, and decaying fungi. Later generations feed more often at flowers, favoring composites including aster, goldenrod, joe-pye weed, shepherds needle, and Canada thistle (SOURCE: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Limenitis-archippus)

Range: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Limenitis-archippus?quicktabs_8=0#quicktabs-8

Shown on Florida Native Plant: LAUREL OAK; DIAMOND OAK (Quercus laurifolia)

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20121018012351/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/viceroy-butterfly-puts-up-a-smokescreen.html

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