Pink Sundew

This is one of my favorite little plants, the Pink Sundew. This is a carnivorous plant, and a pretty one at that.

Pink Sundew | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden
Pink Sundew | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden

Found in wet pineland areas or bogs… nice semi-wet muddy areas, they can spread or be in clusters. This tiny little plant is only around 1-2 inches in diameter and can easily be overlooked and stepped on!

Those shiny dewdrops on the tips of the plant is nectar, very sticky nectar. This is to lure insects to the plant. They do not fold like the venus fly traps, instead the insects fluids are dissolved by the plant.


Links:

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/drosera-capillaris/

http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/pink.sundew.html#.XHT9DfZFx9A

https://www.plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=DRCA2

 

 

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Skyblue Lupine

Supposedly these native florida plants flower in Spring, (First day of Spring is March 20) and these are just a wee bit early, but I am not complaining!

Skyblue Lupine | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden
Skyblue Lupine | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden

Skyblue Lupines are beautiful flowering plants, with soft furry petals and leaves. Once you start seeing these, spring is just around the corner!


Links:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/lupinus-diffusus

https://flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-lupinus-diffusus/

 

Genista Broom Moth Caterpillar

The Genista Broom Moths Caterpillar. These are tenting caterpillars similar to the Eastern Tent Caterpillars.

Genista Broom Moth on Skyblue Lupine | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden
Genista Broom Moth on Skyblue Lupine | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden

These caterpillars leave silk like strands from leaf to leaf and create a tent or canopy like web for their pupa stage. These moths have 5 instars (stages of life). Two stages are the caterpillar (orange and green), pupa and two adult stages.

Host plants are Skyblue Lupine and False Indigo

Genista Broom Moth 3
Genista Broom Moth Caterpillars  on Skyblue Lupine | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden

 


Links

https://bugguide.net/node/view/132367

http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/lepidopt/Pyralidae/Uresiphita.htm

http://bugeric.blogspot.com/2013/03/moth-monday-sophora-worm.html