Atlides halesusThis Hairstreak is one of the few butterflies that uses mistletoe as a host plant.
A Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Blue Ridge by B. Eugene Wofford
University of Georgia Press, 1989ISBN 9780820324555Paperback
The Gulf Fritillary (bottom) and Variegated Fritillary (top) both use Passionflower vines (Pasiflora spp.) as a host plant.
Notice the real crab spider (Misumessus oblongus) on the Reinorchid.
The caterpillars of the Hackberry and Tawny Emperors are very similar. To distinguish the two species, look for the thicker stripes on the Tawny Emperor compared to the very thin lines on the Hackberry Emperor caterpillar.
Notice the small parasitic wasp already surveying the butterfly eggs. The young caterpillars will be parasitized by the wasp eggs that she will oviposit.
Halysidota tessellarisWhich end is which? Its head is at the bottom.
Hamamelis virginianaWwitchhazel flowers can be considered one of the earliest blooms of the growing season. In north Florida, they appear in November.
This is a globally endangered plant found in only two Florida counties.