Callophrys irusThis Frosted Elfin is preparing to lay eggs on the Sundial Lupine Lupinus perennis, its host plant.
Gardening with Carnivores: Sarracenia Pitcher Plants in Cultivation & in the Wildby Nick RomanowskiUniversity Press of Florida, 2002ISBN 0813025095Paperback and Harcover
This Jessamine grows in boggy and swampy areas whereas its cousin, the Carolina Jessamine, grows in drier uplands. Swamp Jessamine flowers also have a light fragrance.
This native vine has been widely adopted by homeowners because of its early-blooming bright yellow flowers and evergreen leaves.
After sending this and several other photos of these gentians to a gentian expert, it has been decided that this is a Soapwort Gentian rather than the very similar species, Catesby's Gentian (Gentiana catesbaei).
This Geometrid caterpillar (an inchworm) was feeding on the Cutleaf Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata). Unfortunately, we didn't find any Falacate Orangetip caterpillars.
GEOMETRIDAE FamilyThis caterpillar perfectly matches a branchlet of a tree.
Cranesbill refers to the shape of the seeds. Wild Geranium is another name for this flower.
The flowers of the Spotted Geranium are much larger than the common Carolina Cranesbill Geranium Geranium carolinianum).
In Florida, the Spotted Geranium is only known from one locality along the Georgia border.
This is a head-on view of the Giant Swallowtail caterpillar.
Papilio cresphontesThis swallowtail was nectaring on red pentas, a favorite exotic plant for many of the large butterflies in a yard.