took this picture of two male
Julia Dryas Butterflies having a sip of nectar on a hot afternoon at
Winston Gardens Park.
In this photo two male Julia Dyras Butterflies are
nectaring on Snakeroot
Above, a female Julia Butterfly nectars on
Julia Butterflies lay their eggs on
. So far the
only one I've seen them use, or found their caterpillars on, is our
Florida native Corky Stem Passion Vine, Passiflora Suberosa.
you can see in these (sorry, slightly fuzzy... still chasing the
butterflies and hope to replace those with better pictures someday)
photos of Julia Butterflies laying eggs, they don't care where on
the vine they lay them like the
other passion vine butterflies in South Florida do.
Once the caterpillars get big enough, they hang upside-down and make this chrysalis:
The female Julia Butterfly is a softer more brown orange than the male,
and she has more dark marks on top of her wings:
The male Julia butterfly is a brighter orange, and has smaller and fewer dark markings on the top
of his wings.
As butterflies age
, they lose scales. See how faded and worn the upper
female appears compared to the younger female below:
Darned shadows! You try to get a decent picture, and the flower
sways from the butterfly landing on it, or the wind blowing, or the
creature flies away mid click, and the one time you get it right,
the shadows are goofy!
Julia Butterflies are somewhat frustrating
to photograph. They just don't sit still like the
Zebra Heliconian Butterflies do.
Julia Butterflies finally decided that my yard is a good place to live,
and instead of finding one or two a year, I'm up to spotting them every
day. Perhaps I had to wait for my vines to mature enough for them? I'm
not sure, since the Zebra Heliconian
have used the same vines for years.