Wonderful White Peacock 2

We saw lots of butterflies when we visited the Captain Forster Hammock Preserve on 4/13/2019 including this white peacock butterfly (Anartia jatrophae) nectaring on common beggarticks (Bidens alba), as were an abundance of julia butterflies.

Common beggarticks is a preferred nectar plant for many butterflies including the white peacock butterfly, as is turkey tangle fogfruit (Phyla nodiflora).  Both turkey tangle fogfruit and water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri) are its larval host plants.

This low-flying butterfly is frequently seen along roadsides and pond edges, as well as at conserved lands like the and the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area and the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail, where a white peacock was sipping nectar from common beggarticks in 2015.