Peacock in White

Often seen along Oslo Road at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) is the white peacock butterfly (Anartia jatrophae) shown above in a photo taken on an orchid stroll on June 27, 2020.  This low-flying tropical butterfly “uses” three common plants at the ORCA.

Their favorite nectar plant is the weedy native daisy common beggarticks (Bidens alba) that grows in sunny spots.

Fogfruit (Phyla nodiflora), shown above, is prevalent along Oslo Road and is one of its larval host plants.  You often will find it growing in grassed areas where some consider it to be a weed.

Water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri), shown below, grows in wetter places and is another larval host for this lovely butterfly.

Expect to see this butterfly where you find its larval host plants.

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