In north Florida, caterpillars of the Little Metalmark are found on the undersides of the basal leaves of Vanillaleaf (Carphephorus odoratissimus), their host plant.
Calephelis virginiensisThe flecks of metallic color on the wings are the reason for this butterfly's name.
Calephelis virginiensisNote the beautiful blue eyes.
This caterpillar was crawling on the bark of a hackberry tree.
The courting continues.
Strymon martialisYou can see the beautiful color on the wings of the Martial Scrub-hairstreak as it rests on its host plant, bay cedar (Suriana maritima)
Strymon martialisThe Martial Scrub-Hairstreak is found in the Florida Keys.
Phoebis sennaeThis is a mating pair.
Strymon istapaThis pair of mating Mallow Scrub-hairstreaks are on Bay Cedar (Suriana maritima), one of the host plants used by the species in addition to various mallows.
Megalopyge opercularisThis caterpillar is protected by a heavy coat of stinging hairs. To some, this furry coat resembled the fur of a pussy cat or "puss."
The ault moth is known as the Southern Flannel Moth.
The Miami Blue is near extinction in Florida due mostly to habitat loss. It is feared that several populations no longer exist. This Miami Blue caterpillar was reared in captivity in an effort to repopulate the species in south Florida. The captive rearing program currently has been suspended.
Two Miami Blue chrysalides rest in the hand of a researcher who is raising them in captivity. This south Florida species is in peril due to loss of habitat.
Most caterpillars travel away from their host plants to prepare for their metamorphosis into chrysalides (plural of chrysalis). This monarch caterpillar has chosen to form its chrysalis on the leaf of a Fireflag (Thalia geniculata)
View a video of a monarch caterpillar changing into a chrysalis.
The Queen caterpillar which mimics the Monarch caterpillar has an extra set of projections in the middle of the body.
When a monarch butterfly is about to emerge from its chrysalis, it will become translucent and immediately before the emergence, it will be so clear that you can see the butterfly inside.