Great Southern White

As a few of us lingered at the end of our walk at Coastal Oaks Preserve, a somewhat tattered great southern white butterfly (Ascia monuste) was sipping nectar from two nearby native plants, oakleaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifoliius) …

… and beautiful blue-flowered bay lobelia (Lobelia feayana)

Larval food plants for this butterfly that we saw at the Coastal Oaks Preserve include Virginia peppergrass (Lepidium virginianum)

… and the saltmarsh succulent saltwort (Batis maritima)

Be on the lookout for this tropical butterfly and its larval host plants in coastal areas.

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