Clouded Crimson Moth

So I took this photo of the beautiful Clouded Crimson Moth and now I got the caterpillar stage!

Clouded Crimson Moth Caterpillar | June 10 | Alice Mary Herden
Clouded Crimson Moth Caterpillar | June 10 | Alice Mary Herden

And now we know that the Clouded Crimson Moth uses the Southern Beeblossom as it’s host plant!

Southern Bee Blossom | April 16 | Alice Mary Herden
Southern Bee Blossom | April 16 | Alice Mary Herden

If you ever get a chance check out Atlas of Florida Plants it is quite amazing to find unique information about plants.

http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3271

The was first Southern Beeblossom specimen that was collected in Florida was in 1942 in Sarasota Co. it wasn’t until 1971 botanists collected a specimen in Hernando County.


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Are you doing anything special for Nature Photography Day?

Sandhill Milkweed

Sandhill or Pinewood milkweed is an essential plant that grows in sandhill habitat. I only see these growing sporadically, odd places. It’s where ever the seed falls, take root in the loose sand and flourish, which seems like a huge challenge!

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Sandhill Milkweed | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden

An incredible and extremely important plant for pollinators like the Monarch butterfly.

*Remember plants like these are in the forest for a reason, leave them where you found them. There are hundreds of wildlife species that depend on plants like these for their survival.

Check out your local Native Plant Societies for purchasing plants for your yard.


Links:

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/asclepias-humistrata/

Click to access asclepias_humistrata_pinewoodsmilkweed.pdf

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/sg162

 

Fourleaf Vetch

First time I have seen this flowering vine, the Fourleaf Vetch. This is a native plant and grows in and around moist areas.

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Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Not a heat-loving type of plant, however, provides nectar for a variety of bees and butterflies during the cooler months in Florida.

Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Fourleaf Vetch | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Links:

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/plant.aspx?id=2647

https://whatfloridanativeplantisbloomingtoday.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/fourleaf-vetch-vicia-spp-likely-acutifolia/

http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/fourleaf.vetch.html#.XH5a0vZFx9A

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