Phaon Cresent and Morning Dew

Was not a good morning for this little butterfly. It happened to perfect conditions for the morning dew to form on just about anything.

Phaon Crescent | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Phaon Crescent | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

Link:

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

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Little Wood Satyr

If you are hanging around shaded swamps and woodland areas, you are guaranteed to see these little ones fluttering around. They are perfectly hidden amongst the brown decaying leaves.

Little Wood Satyr | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden
Little Wood Satyr | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden

If you look closely you can see an iridescent silvery purple tint on the hind wings and slightly on the ridge of the fore wings, depending on the angle and the light. Super cool how the wavy lines on the fore and hind wings match up perfectly when folded.

Host plants are orchard and centipede grass.


Links:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=42

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Megisto-cymela

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.

PawPaw 2
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