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/

 

 

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Scarlet Calamint

Exploring a new territory, Citrus Wildlife Management Area, while the weather is fantastic and before hunting season begins.

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Scarlet Calamint | Alice Mary Herden | October 28

Known either by Red Basil, Scarlett Savory, or Scarlet Calamint….. blooming in spring and late fall, these beautiful clusters of flowers can be seen throughout the CWMA and with their color bursts of red scattered about, they give a nice visual break within the earth tones.

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Scarlet Calamint | Alice Mary Herden | October 28

Unfortunately  I didn’t have my macro with me, which reminds me to always have it now. Would have loved to get some close up shots of the flowers and leaves.


Links:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/calamintha-coccinea

http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/search?q=red+flowers

 

American Lady

What a beautiful little butterfly, with a speculator underwing design.

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American Lady | Alice Mary Herden | October 23

Called many names; American Painted Lady, Painted Beauty, this butterfly’s larvae creates nests atop their host plants. (See link below)

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Sweet Everlasting (Rabbit Tobacco)| Host Plant for the American Lady | October 23 

At the Big Pine Tract, part of Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area, I was able to count at least five on one trail… and that was just enough for me to capture some photos.


Links:

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