This symmetrical pair of Black Swallowtail caterpillars was on Rue in our herb garden. Young caterpillars at this stage have "saddles" on ther backs.
Papilio polyxenesYou can tell that this is a female by noting the additional blue in its hindwings near her tails.
Papilio polyxenesThe male Black Swallowtail has much less blue on its hindwings near its tails.
View the panorama.In early fall, Blazing Stars (Liatris spicata) predominate in the savanna landscape.
The sporangia are the "grapes" of the Grape Fern.
You can see the internal organs in the Brazilian Skipper, also known as a Canna Skipper.
You can see the leftover eggshell of a Brazilian Skipper on a Yellow Canna (Canna flaccida), one of its host plants. The folded leaf serves as the caterpillar's nest or shelter.
It was recently learned that Brown Elfins populate parts of the Florida Panhandle. They feed on the flowers of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia).
Butterweed (Packera glabella) is spectacular mixed in with cypresses and tupelos along the Apalachicola River floodplain.