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.
The good luck tale of an urban Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. A couple of Gulf Fritillary caterpillars and a Cuban Treefrog in a mix of plants that include the Fritillary’s host plant, the passionflower vine, next to a well-travelled walkway at Audubon House. A close-up of one of the Gulf Fritillary caterpillars showing the defensive spines protruding from along its body. One of the caterpillars made its way to the railing along the paved walkway where it attached itself and made […]
Here are more photos from the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s 2014 symposium at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida, on 19 & 20 September. Two Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) butterflies show great interest in a Passionflower Vine, the Fritillary’s larval host plant. This particular Passionflower Vine is the Maypop (Passiflora incarnata) and you can learn more about it at Janice Broda’s ORCA blog. Various photos of Bok Tower from different angles. The tower is adorned with large ceramic tile murals, […]
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Outside last night with Sam we found this night roost for Zebra Longwing Butterflies right outside the backdoor. The firebushes planted in the yard a few years ago have gotten quite large making for a convenient food source for the adult Longwings all day long. That, and the fact the passionflower vines, the larval food for the caterpillars, have also started to run riot in the backyard means there is a real resident population growing up right in the yard […]