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.  Near to the parking lot, they were sipping nectar from snow squarestem (Melanthera nivea) shown above. Nearer to Highway A1A, these…

Weeds of Wednesday: Tropical Milk-Weed?

Growing in the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) parking lot amongst wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) and last's week's Wednesday "weed", beggarticks (Bidens alba), is what some folks call tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). Other common names include scarlet milkweed, Mexican milkweed, bloodflower,…

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…