Callophrys gryneus sweadneri
Synchlora aerataThis caterpillar covers itself with bits of plant material to camoufalge itself. The unassuming looper transforms into the lovely Wavy-lined Emerald Moth.
Synchlora aerataThe Camouflaged Looper caterpillar turns into this adult.
The caterpillar of the Polka Dot Wasp Moth can almost always be seen around Oleanders, one of its host plants; hence its other common name, Oleander Moth. This adult is nectaring on Flat-topped Goldenrod (Euthamia sp.)
Many butterfles put just a few eggs per plant. Hackberry Emperors however seem to favor the moth's strategy of "safetty in numbers."
Tawny Emperor caterpillars have thicker stripes than the similar Hackberry Emperor caterpillar.
Tegeticula sp. or Prodoxus sp.
Oligoria maculataThis skipper had to dive deeply into the iris to reach its nectar.
Utetheisa ornatrix bella
Utetheisa ornatrixThis caterpillar is named after the genus of its host plants, Rattlebox (Crotalaria). This caterpillar was found on Rabbitbells (C. spectabilis), an exotic that can overtake pastures and fields.
Variegated Fritillary (top) and Gulf Fritillary (bottom) caterpillars
Euptoieta claudiaThe newly emerged Variegated Fritillary rests near its chrysalis. The red "blood" on the chrysalis is actually fluid contained within the chrysalis.
The photo cannot capture the beauty of this chrysalis which looks like it has metallic flecks of gold on it.
This was found on Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana).
The caterpillars of the viceroy and its mimic, the Red-spotted Purple, are hard to distinguish in the field. Red-spotted Purples usually feed on cherries and deerberries and only occasionally on willows. However viceroys feed only on willows.
Parrhasius m albumThis White M Hairstreak was glorious among the flowers of goldenrod (Solidago sp.