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the_bougainvillea_chic

Three-in-one! Moss is growing on the host plant and the epiphytic orchid is growing on the moss! Just to look at the three of them is so beautiful 😍 #moss #hostplant #epiphyticorchid #orchidsofinstagram #orchids #threeinone #plantsofinstagram #plants #interdependent #flora #plantlovers #nature #natureovereverything

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danreyburn

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mwwwinter

Fuzzy Bumblebee on Fall Aster 💚 . . #nofilter 🐝 This is a good example of how the bees can see the difference in the color of the aster centers ❤️ the fresh flower centers are bright yellow, while the already pollinated centers fade and turn pinkish. The flowers petals stay in so bees can see the tiny flowers from far away but as they get closer they always go for the brighter unpollinated flowers 💚💚💚 Isn't that a marvelous survival trait? garden trivia for you 😸 . . . #fuzzybee #bumblebee #bee #tattooedgardener #aster #fallaster #mwwwinter #pollinator #nativeflower #hostplant #nectarplant #pollinatorgarden #garden #gardentrivia

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mellielong7

My Red-spotted Purple pupated the other day. I get that it's mimicking bird poop, but I still can't figure out that knob on the back. #lepidoptera #butterfly #gardening #butterflygardening #redspottedpurple #limenitisarthemis #blackcherry #prunusserotina #hostplant #plantnatives #chrysalis #wildlife #wildflorida #realflorida #nature #tampabay #florida #igclubbutterfly #mimicry

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dharmesh.barai

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mellielong7

To everyone who guessed my mystery caterpillars were Grape Leaf Skeletonizers, it looks like you were right! They're so small, but they generate like three times their body weight in frass. (Not actual fact.) 🤣🤣🤣 #lepidoptera #moth #caterpillar #gardening #pollinatorgarden #grapeleafskeletonizer #harrisinaamericana #virginiacreeper #parthenocissusquinquefolia #hostplant #plantnatives #wildlife #wildflorida #realflorida #nature #tampabay #florida #igclubbutterfly #moth_captures

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mellielong7

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cadenceliving

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autumn.leaf.71

Woohoo, I have 3 cats in my herb garden on what’s left of the fennel plant I had (which is a host plant for them) . I am on a mission to go get a butterfly habitat enclosure @rainbowgardens.biz and a new fennel plant to keep them safe to do their metamorphosis into beautiful 🦋 #swallowtailbutterfly #caterpillar #fennel #hostplants #hostplant #herbgarden #butterflygarden

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mellielong7

Just to keep everyone updated and to share some scientific observations, I'm going to repeat this caterpillar picture. I found it on May 9. It pupated and emerged on June 5 (swipe to see adult). I just had BAMONA confirm it as the Live Oak Metria Moth. I had seen an adult on May 12 that I also reported. We have tons of Live Oak here so it's no surprise, but it's always nice to match the caterpillar with the adult. So many moths aren't well known or studied. I'd like to think if I find one again I'll remember it, but I'll probably forget so feel free to remind me next year. 😂 #lepidoptera #moth #caterpillar #gardening #pollinatorgarden #liveoakmetria #metriaamella #liveoak #hostplant #plantnatives #wildlife #wildflorida #realflorida #nature #tampabay #florida #igclubbutterfly #moth_captures

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sarita_shutman011235813

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raysharks

In my garden am lucky to have Common Jezebels (also called Black Jezebel) with its bright colours and very nice wings before the season takes its toll. The caterpillar feeds on the parasitic mistletoe plant. The beautiful colours advertise how unappetising they are to predators. Illawarra, NSW Australia #commonjezebel#butterfly#jezebel#blackjezebel#insect#wildlife#butterflies#butterfliesofinstagram#insectphotography#lepidoptera#nature#wildlifephotography#naturephotography#backyardwildlife#garden#australianbutterfly#animal#animalphotography#beautyinnature#hostplant#mistletoe#illawarra#southcoast#nsw#australia

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mellielong7

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mwwwinter

Fall Asters with a Grasshopper 💚 I hate to break it to you buddy but your camo is just making you more visible 😸 #grasshopper #fallaster #tattooedgardener #camofail #garden #wildlifehabitat #mwwwinter #nativeplant #hostplant #nature #beautyinnature #noticethelittlethings #habitat

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hollisbutterflies

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labbor_unicamp

🇵🇹🇧🇷Esse é um novo #artigo que foi publicado na #revista #Sociobiology e inclui alguns membros do #labbor como autores! Eles estudaram como uma #lagarta de #mariposa do gênero #Dyops se defende das #formigas que habitam sua #planta hospedeira 😃🐜 🇬🇧🇺🇸This is a recent paper published at Sociobiology and including some members of Labbor among its authors! They studied how a #moth #caterpillar of the genus Dyops defends itself against the #ants that inhabit its #hostplant. 😃🐜 #science #ciência #Unicamp #Lepidoptera #Hymenoptera #Formicidae #Azteca #Noctuidae #entomology #biology #ecology #zoology #entomologia #biologia #ecologia #zoologia #divulgaçãocientífica

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naturewithnancynow

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california__dream_er

The Great Spangled Fritillary is a beautiful butterfly who's host plants are native violets.🌷💜🌷💜🌷💜🐛

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petrorabbit

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hollisbutterflies

The largest butterfly species that can be found naturally in North America, living up to name “Giant” almost as long as my hand. Love the yellow digital line across her wings.💛👾 #female #femalebutterfly #giantswallowtailbutterfly #giantswallowtail #papiliocresphontes #orangedog #orangepuppy #lepidoptera #butterfly #giantbutterfly #hostplant #citrus #rue #raisingbutterflies

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arizonabutterfly_breeder

New Ash tree planted for all the Two Tailed and Pale swallowtails 🐛🐛 #twotailedswallowtail #paleswallowtail #ashtree #helpthepollinators #hostplant

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mellielong7

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mellielong7

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mwwwinter

Asters with Bumblebee 💚 I didn't even see the tiny bee going for the lower aster until I posted pic, a few pics of fuzzy Bumblebee and the last shot is a square foot of our garden that I see out the kitchen window 💚💚💚 🐝 #bumblebee #pollinators #aster #fallaster #whiteaster #tattooedgardener #bee #asters #reference #tattooreference #drawbee #mwwwinter #pollinatorgarden #habitat #secretgarden #fuzzybee #nativeplant #hostplant #nectarplant #nature #beautyinnature #noticethelittlethings

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handytiff

Now returning to my regularly scheduled programming of nature pics: parsley. Not just a garnish, but an important host plant for swallowtail caterpillars. I had to laugh, as I walked past the pot and wondered how the deer had become so brazen to wander up to the front door and munch down some parsley (they already decimated the hosta and were halfway through the daylilies, but parsley? Deer? Huh?) ...upon further inspection, I was delighted to find that it was a colony of black swallowtail caterpillars doing all the work. (These fellas are much darker than what I'm used to seeing; can any butterfly pros let me know if this is due to maturity? Temperature? Misidentification?!) 🤣 ... #caterpillar #papiliopolyxenes #swallowtail #blackswallowtail #butterfly #parsley #hostplant #nomnom #pollinator #feedyourpollinators #swallowtailcaterpillar #gardenforlife #getoutside #plantsomething #naturephotography #300thpost #whoopie

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hollisbutterflies

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lesjardinsdubonheur

#lantanacamara#bigsage#wildsage#redsage#verbanaceaefamily#tutifruttismell#treatments#antimicrobial#fungicidal#insecticidal#toxictolivestock#ornamentalmedicinal#hostplant

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heartseedsaustin

Nature knows what it’s doing. I’m just along for the ride and doing my little part. 🐛🦋 . . . . . . . . #alongfortheride #blackswallowtail #caterpillar #butterfly #Papiliopolyxenes #rue #Rutagraveolens #hostplant #manchaca #texas #tx #fall #heartseedsaustin #beenacre

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earth.steward

One seed can start a whole forest. Literally, and metaphorically. We all have potential energy within us. There are simply some things we must do, or not do, to let them come to fruition! . . . #earthsteward #redoak #quercusrubra #acorn #value #permaculture #nativeplant #carbonsequestration #mightyoak #wny #buffalony #ny #giveback #reconnect #awarness #plantforabetterfuture #hostplant #dougtallamy

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minkynthebrain

Super thrilled to find multiple generations of the Gulf fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) utilize my passionflower vine (Passiflora incarnata). I took all of these pictures today! These guys rely solely on Passiflora to complete their life cycle. #hostplant #savethebutterflies #urbanecology #nature #neature #science #pollinators #plants #passiflora #gulffritillary #pollinatorgarden #ilovenature #iloveplants

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green_halo

Monarchs blend in perfectly with their host plant 🌱❤️🧡💛💚

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california__dream_er

Monarchs are the main reason I made my butterfly garden. They came close to being added to the endangered species list. Milkweed is their host plant. Milkweed grows wild in California, but milkweed has suffered due to chemicals sprayed by farms to kill weeds. This has had a significant effect on Monarchs who need the milkweed to survive. Monarchs have a long migration from different parts of the United States including Southern California down to central Mexico. Milkweed is needed for monarchs to make this migration happen. You can help Monarchs if you live in their flight path simply by planting milkweed.🤗🐛🌼🌼🌼. . 🐛Butterfly art photographed by me in Mariposa California.

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lovely_chaos32

Our parsley grew back since the last time it had been mowed over by the Swallowtail caterpillars. It grew back just in time for more babies!! There are ELEVEN total, all different sizes. I'm excited to see more Swallowtail butterflies around. 💜💜💜 . . #swallowtailcaterpillar #parsley #hostplant #babybugs #backyardgarden #savethebutterflies #savethepolinators #ilovemylife #itsthelittlethings

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hollisbutterflies

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millcreek_greenhouses

Do your young Passion flower vines look raggedy or absolutely eaten up like ours? Here’s why: they are the host plant—the only food—for the larva of several butterfly species, especially the Gulf fritillary here in SC. Fritillaries are often mistaken for Monarchs since they share that brilliant orange with black and white spotting, but fritillaries are smaller. Others that need passion vines are Zebra Longwing, Crimson-patch longwing, Red-banded hairstreak, Julia butterfly. At home I’ve been transporting small caterpillars who have stripped my youngest transplant vines over to the mature parent vine, but eggs keep hatching on them! If we want butterflies, purposely growing the plants they need is important, as is tolerating the munching. Fortunately our native Passiflora incarnata is tough and makes lots of offshoots. Even small plants stripped of their leaves will push out new ones soon. Vines are perennial so will die back after a freeze. But give them a little room to ramble (fence, trellis, pole, shrubs, small trees), good sun, and average to low water, and they return each year to reward you with magical purple flowers, edible fruit called maypops, and clouds of beautiful butterflies from midsummer through fall. #passionflowervine #maypops #passifloraincarnata #butterflygarden #hostplant #gulffritillary #nativeplants #columbiasc #wildlifegarden #habitatgarden #foodweb #southcarolinanursery #shoplocalsc

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millcreek_greenhouses

Do your young Passion flower vines look like ours right now? A little raggedy or totally eaten up? Here’s why: they are the host plant—the only food—for the larva of several butterfly species, especially the Gulf fritillary here in SC. Fritillaries are often mistaken for Monarchs since they share that brilliant orange with black and white spotting, but fritillaries are smaller. Others that need passion vines are Zebra Longwing, Crimson-patch longwing, Red-banded hairstreak, Julia butterfly, Mexican butterfly. At home I’ve been transporting small caterpillars who have stripped my youngest transplant vines over to the mature parent vine, but eggs keep hatching on them! That means a healthy butterfly population contributing to a healthy food web. If we want butterflies, purposely growing the plants they need is important, as is tolerating the munching. Fortunately our native Passiflora incarnata is tough. Even small plants stripped of their leaves will push out new ones soon. Vines are perennial so will die back after a freeze. But give them a little room to ramble (fence, trellis, pole, shrubs, small trees), good sun, and average to low water, and they return each year to reward you with magical purple flowers, edible fruit called maypops, and clouds of beautiful butterflies from midsummer through fall. #passionflowervine #maypops #butterflygarden #hostplant #foodweb #butterflygarden #gulffritillary #nativeplants #goodbugs #notamonarch

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mellielong7

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mellielong7

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california__dream_er

The California Dogface butterfly is the California State butterfly and its host plant is false indigo bush. . 🐝Butterfly art photographed by me in Mariposa California.

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jeffpoffenbarger

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centralcoastwilds

Who else is excited for Fall planting season? We’ve got some beautiful Aristolochia californica (Pipe Vine) at the nursery ready to join your butterfly garden! This plant is the host plant for the Pipe Vine Swallow Tail Butterfly 🦋! #aristolochia #aristolochiacalifornica #pipevine #pipevineswallowtail #californianativeplants #nativeplantnursery #centralcoastwilds #hostplant

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stanleysgreenhouse

More caterpillar friends! This time some black swallowtail babes on some dill 😻💕 They're very good at munching · · · · · · #stanleysgreenhouse #plantstagram #southknoxville #caterpillar #blackswallowtail #butterfly #dill #plantsmakepeoplehappy #hostplant

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thevineexoticplants

Cloudless Sulphur caterpillar #caterpillar #hostplant

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mellielong7

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jeffpoffenbarger

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entomology_with_christine

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tricyclefarms

Can you spot the buckeye butterfly caterpillar? They are all over our late season snapdragons! #caterpillar #hostplant #snapdragon #pollinatorgarden #chemicalfree #urbanfarming #flowerpower #buckeyebutterfly

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eartheimgardendesign

Im very excited about planting this tree! You may haven't heard of wafer ash, but it's a small tree, also know as hop tree, that was once used as a substitute to make beer. I'm not planting it for that, but to attract the Giant Swallowtail, since this is pretty much the only plant it hosts on. I think there's one other host plant I can't think of. I've been looking for one since spring and found this one @uk_horticulture_club. #waferash #tree #hostplant #nativetree.

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winchesterhollow

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chfnjplants

Looks like the next generation of insects are settled in for the winter. I assume they are insects because oaks support support 100s of species although what kind I don’t know) If this oak leaf falls into the woods, rather than getting crushed on the road, some of this next generation should emerge only be a nutritious morsel for hungry birds and other creatures who otherwise may not breed or survive. Just a few of the insects will make it to adulthood. #hostplant #nativetrees #bugsareawesome #urbanecology #plantsatwork #plantrelationships

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cnlovering

Inktober Day 02: Tranquil Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). Plants in the milkweed family are the only host plants for monarch butterflies; the caterpillars eat from that plant exclusively. At the end of the season, as new monarchs are making their unbelievable journey to Mexico, the flowers of the plant have made way for the seed pods. Ready to burst, the little seeds dance out of the pods and float through the fall air, ready to begin again. #inktober #inktober2018 #swampmilkweed #milkweed #savethemonarchs #hostplant #seedpod #micron #sakuramicron #natureart #penandink #botanicalart #botanicalillustration #inkillustration

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clairgastonfineart

Black swallowtail caterpillars this morning on my fennel. I don’t really use fennel...I just grow it for the butterflies 🐛🐛🐛🖤🖤🖤🌈🌈🌈🌈. #backyardgarden #caterpillar #blackswallowtail #butterfly #fennel #hostplant

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mwwwinter

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jeffpoffenbarger

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mellielong7

I saw a Dainty Sulphur laying eggs and I brought in a couple because apparently I'm eager to start wearing reading glasses. 😂 I raised some years ago and they're so tiny! Hence, the Dainty in the name. #lepidoptera #butterfly #gardening #butterflygardening #butterflyeggs #daintysulphur #nathalisiole #spanishneedles #bidensalba #hostplant #plantnatives #wildlife #wildflorida #realflorida #nature #tampabay #florida #igclubbutterfly

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california__dream_er

I thought that I wasn't going to find any street art during our stay in Mariposa County but I did😃. The Variable Checker butterfly is native to the western parts of Northern America. It's natural habitat spans from Alaska all the way down to Baja California, so naturally it also lives in Yosemite:). It's host plants are Indian paintbrush, monkey flowers, and snow berries. 😃❤️🐛 . ❤️Art photographed by me in Mariposa County.

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raorchestes

Leopard lacewing is a beautiful butterfly with striking coloration. The vibrant colors tell the predators that it is poisonous. Its host plant is the passion flower vine or Passiflora foetida, called so because of the fetid smell of the crushed leaf. Interestingly, the butterfly also secretes a similar odour when disturbed. #lacewing #butterfly #insects #macro #insectphotography #leopardlacewing #butterflies #hostplant #passionflower

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mi_rachael

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mellielong7

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satxdiehl

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miscelaineously

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heycorrie

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wilcox_nursery

Our privet cassia we planted at the back border of one of our beds has been blooming and doing amazingly all summer long and is still going strong! This is a relative of the more popular Bahama Cassia but has a Lance shaped leaf and can do much more shade and still bloom, it's also the host for all the flittering fluttering sulphur butterflies in our area :) #flower #flowers #flowering #shrub #cassia #senna #butterflyfood #butterflyplant #hostplant #summertime #yellow

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niccolegarfield

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daugygardenadventureclub

It’s taken all summer, but the pipevine is finally happily growing. We’ve seen a couple pipevine swallowtails in the garden since so hoping for some little cats soon. 🦋

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kimsartandstuff

I updated my Etsy shop with my Passion Vine Butterfly series, 3 tiny giclee prints of some of my favorite butterflies that share the same host plant! (in South Florida at least) #giclee #passionvine #butterflies #watercolor #watercolorbutterfly #florida #floridaart #floridawildlife #zebralongwing #juliabutterfly #gulffritillary #corkystempassionvine #hostplant #southflorida #southfloridacreatives

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dallasbutterflies

I've seen a serious rise in the number of Monarchs I see daily. Migration is just starting through Dallas. My plants have had a lot of rain and are seeming to have some life back in them. I'll be checking them daily now. #savethemonarc #monarchbutterfly #monarchcaterpillar #plantmilkweed #butterflygarden #butterflies #butterfly #hostplant #pollinatorgarden #pollin #pollinators #savethepollinators #garden #citylife #dallas

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mwwwinter

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farmgirleasystyle

Passion flower is still blooming like crazy! And is now a host for the Gulf fritillary butterfly caterpillars! ... #passionflower #hostplant #butterflies #caterpillars #spikycaterpillar #gardening #butterflygarden #thegrowinghale

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mellielong7

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mellielong7

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mellielong7

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mellielong7

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mellielong7

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mellielong7

My Sleepy Orange caterpillar pupated. The splotches are normal. Sometimes, they'll make a black chrysalis which is also normal. But not if it's leaking or smells weird. Those are generally bad signs. #lepidoptera #butterfly #gardening #butterflygardening #chrysalis #sleepyorange #abaeisnicippe #sennaligustrina #privetcassia #hostplant #plantnatives #wildlife #wildflorida #realflorida #nature #tampabay #florida #igclubbutterfly

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mellielong7

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mellielong7

This Polydamas Swallowtail caterpillar is living outside. It's on skunk vine which is an invasive plant that I will never rid my yard of. I just try to keep it in check. It's growing through the Pipevine so baby has food to eat - no worries. #lepidoptera #butterfly #gardening #butterflygardening #caterpillar #polydamasswallowtail #battuspolydamas #swallowtail #pipevine #aristolochiatomentosa #hostplant #plantnatives #wildlife #wildflorida #realflorida #nature #tampabay #florida #igclubbutterfly

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hollisbutterflies

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