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Butterfly plants in action


When it comes to butterfly plants, they talk about larval plants and nectar plants, but everybody seems to sweep under the rug the fact that larval plants are there TO BE EATEN. Today I found hundreds of brightly colored caterpillars chomping away on my coonties (Zamia pumila). If all goes well, they will turn into lovely echo moths (Seirarctia echo), and I'm letting them feast. To provide the nectar side
The caterpillars of Seirarctia echo feasting on coontie (Zamia pumila), our only native cycad.
The caterpillars of Seirarctia echo feasting on coontie (Zamia pumila), our only native cycad.
A gulf fritllary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) sipping nectar from a chaste tree (Vitex agnus castus), a great plant for attracting bees and butterflies.
A gulf fritllary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) sipping nectar from a chaste tree (Vitex agnus castus), a great plant for attracting bees and butterflies.

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  • Susan B
    on Jun 3, 2014

    thanks for the invite. never know.....

  • Vicki
    on Jun 3, 2014

    I still have parsley, fennel for eastern butterfly swallowtail caterpillars here every year. they do come back by self seeds. save my job to plant those. ha. now wait for caterpillars to feast on those herb plants.

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