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?

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/

 

 

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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