A horde of Zebra Longwing larvae come together on the few leaves left on the passionflower vine they have mostly consumed. Once these leaves are gone these caterpillars will have to come up with a new plan for a meal. It looks like they may have some traveling in their future.
A Green Orchid Bee foraging on a flower at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. They may not be native to Florida, but they have certainly found an unobtrusive place for themselves in the environment.
A trick of the Zebra Longwing butterfly male is to loiter near the insect’s larval host food plant, in this case the Corky-stemmed Passion Vine. Most of the caterpillars will not stray very far to form their chrysalises in which to metamorphose into adults so the male Zebra Longwing know if he waits in the area long enough his time will come. When the adult Zebra Longwing butterflies emerge, the loitering male adults will pounce to mate with the emerging […]