Netted Pawpaw

When you start seeing the Netted Pawpaw in mid-February, you can be on the lookout for Zebra Swallowtails.

Paw Paw | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Netted Pawpaw | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

The fruit from this plant is a favorite treat for Gopher Tortoises and other wildlife.

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Netted Paw Paw | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

Links:

http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/netted.pawpaw.html#.XHehmPZFx9A

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/asimina-reticulata

 

 

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Phaon Crescent Butterfly

This little butterfly is the Phaon Crescent, similar to the Pearl Crescent, and the difference is the wing.

Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

The name comes from the crescent-shaped dots on the wings. Its similar to the Pearl Crescent only its wings are fringed.

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Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

It is only an inch and a half, and easy to get close to photographing (macro) when there’s plenty of nectar to gather. Its caterpillar host plant is fogfruit, so that’s another great opportunity to photograph them.

Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Phaon Crescent | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

Links

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/phaon_crescent.htm

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Phyciodes-phaon

https://bugguide.net/node/view/221

 

Lyreleaf Sage

This is a native wildflower, and with these plants producing a large quanity of seeds they can be found in clusters along the roads. They are also an excellent source for pollinators and photographing butterflies and bees gathering its nectar, just like the Green Sweat Bee in the featured image.

Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden
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Lyreleaf Sage | February 27 | Alice Mary Herden

At Chassahowitzka WMA, in my observation I see will large quanities bordering the road just before going to any wet area. Which is kind of neat having an array of purple/blue flowers guiding the way to the wetland/swampy areas. Instead of following the yellow brick road, you follow the lyreleaf sage!


Links:

http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/03/26/florida-wildflowers-lyreleaf-sage/

https://flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-salvia-lyrata/