A blood red Atala butterfly caterpillar consumes the Coontie host plant that it needs to eat to survive at this young age. The caterpillar takes up the Coontie’s natural toxins and the brilliant red and yellow coloration is a warning that eating the youngster could be dangerous to would-be predators. The adult Atala butterfly’s coloration is also a warning that it might be toxic to predators. As seen in the Audubon House landscaping at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. UPDATE: […]
A Zebra Longwing butterfly is not deterred by a cloudy day at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area to lay a multitude of eggs on a corky-stem passion vine, the larval plant of the Zebra Longwing’s caterpillar stage. Note just below the butterfly all those yellow ovals on the plant are freshly laid eggs.
A quick afternoon walk on the first truly cool day of Florida’s short, but desperately appreciated, Fall-WInter season found a lot of insect activity along Oslo Road where it cuts through the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The insects were out and about appreciating the cool weather just as much as everyone else. White Peacock Butterfly Green Orchid Bee Green Orchid Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Dragonfly Bumble Bee
Categories: Nature • Tags: Anartia jatrophae, Apis mellifera, Bombus impatiens, Bumble Bee, butterfly, Dragonfly, Euglossa dilemma, green orchid bee, Honey Bee, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, White Peacock