FLORIDA’S BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES

NOW FOR MY FAVORITE SUBJECT – BUTTERFLIES. THE MAGNIFICENT COLORS OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL WINGS AND PATTERNS CAN ONLY BE CREATED BY NATURE. WHAT IS A BUTTERFLY?  IT IS AN INSECT WHICH DOES NOT BITE, CARRY DISEASE NOR DOES ANY HARM.  THEY EFFECTIVELY POLLINATE THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS WE ENJOY IN OUR GARDENS.

FOLLOWING ARE ONLY A FEW PICTURES OF VARIOUS BUTTERFLIES WHICH BRING SO MUCH JOY AND BEAUTY INTO OUR LIVES.

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Zebra Longwing is Florida’s State butterfly

zebra longwing on duranta weblgZebra Longwing on Golden Dewdrop, a great plant for attracting butterflies.

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Passion Vine, larval food for the Zebra Longwing and Gulf Fritillary butterflies.  Note the Gulf Fritillary larva (caterpillar) on the passion vine.

gulf frit on penta weblgGulf Fritillary on penta

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Monarch butterfly larva on milkweed

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Monarch butterfly emerging from chrysallis on giant milkweed

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Monarch on Flowering Almond Bush

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Queen butterfly on thistle

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Pair of queen butterflies on blue porterweed

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Sulphur caterpillar on Cassia Bush.  The Cassia is the larval plant for the Sulphur butterfly

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Sulphur butterfly on Firespike plant

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Painted Lady on Liatris-do you think they like this plant!!!!

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Ceraunus Blue is among the smallest butterflies

SWALLOWTAILS ARE AMONG THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF FLORIDA’S BUTTERFLIES

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Giant swallowtail on Queen’s Wreath

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Underside of Giant Swallowtail’s wings, gathering nectar from a Flowering Almond Bush

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Eastern Black Swallowtail

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Polydamas Swallowtail (Goldrim), Florida’s only swallowtail that lacks tails

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Palamedes Swallowtail

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Pipevine Swallowtail

spicebush swallowtail on daylily weblg

SpicebushSwallowtail

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail-female

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – male

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Black form of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail- female, getting nectar from Abelia bush

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Zebra Swallowtail gathering nectar from a Chaste Tree(Vitex)

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