Imperiled Butterflies of South Florida

Imperiled Butterflies of...

Imperiled Butterflies of South Florida

with Frank Ridgley DVM, Zoo/Wildlife Veterinarian for Zoo Miami's Conservation & Research Department

Do you live in the Miami area and want to help our local imperiled butterflies? If so, we have teamed up with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens Connect to Protect Network to develop this Miami specific plant guide to help you. These are all native, low maintenance plants that are important host plant and/or nectar sources for our local species of butterflies. Butterflies need plants and we need you to make these choices for your property to help them survive and thrive. Click on the image to download a PDF.


A Rock Star Is Born

Check out this hard-rock-loving caterpillar! Ok, so it doesn’t exactly listen to hard rock like AC/DC. It’s more of a Queen type of larva. This species is the ruddy daggerwing, Marpesia petreus. The dorsal spines are not as sharp as you’d think but they do have some stiffness. Exact usage of the spines is unknown but we might assume that it gives a visual deterrence to predators. The ruddy daggerwing larvae uses Ficus spp. as a host plant. They have a wide range from Texas to Bolivia, South America, South Florida and Puerto Rico.

Posted by Frank Ridgley at 10:29

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