An Abundance of Julia

Julia butterflies (Dryas iulia) were amazingly abundant at the Captain Forster Hammock Preserve when we visited there on 4-12-2019. ┬áNear to the parking lot, they were sipping nectar from snow squarestem (Melanthera nivea) shown above. Nearer to Highway A1A, these…

Corkystem

Corkystem passionflower vine is a larval host plant for 3 species of brush-footed butterflies: Julia (Dryas iulia), gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), and zebra longwing (Heliconius charithonia). The dime-sized fruits of this well-behaved vine contain many seeds and are spread by…

Great Gulf Fritillary

Gulf fritillary butterflies -- along with zebra longings and julias -- use native passionflower vines as their larval food and are frequently seen at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Gulf fritillary butterflies, like julias, are orange but are distinguished by…

Zebra eggs

Look carefully below the butterfly, and you will see the yellow singly laid eggs of this zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius charitonius tuckeri) photographed by Karen Schuster (Class of 2009) at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Also take note of how…