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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Common Buckeye Caterpillar

Common Buckeye Caterpillar’s host plant is the False Foxglove… and at Chassahowitzka WMA there are plenty still blooming for this caterpillar to go into it’s next life cycle stage.

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Common Buckeye Caterpillar | Alice Mary Herden | October 20, 2018
Common Buckeye Caterpillar
Common Buckeye Caterpillar | Alice Mary Herden | October 20, 2018
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Common Buckeye | Alice Mary Herden | July 22, 2018

Links:

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

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in801

 


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