seems to be
a favorite nectar plant
for lots of
butterflies here in South Florida. This Soldier Butterfly (Danaus
eresimus) led me on a merry chase for days as it soared up into the
tree-tops and out of sight time and time again, but when it got hungry,
I finally got pictures of it.
Soldier Butterflies use Milkweed
, but I haven't found a
Soldier caterpillar yet. I have one that lives where there's
, and I've heard that they will use that or Florida native
Milkweeds, but not the more common red-orange Asclepias curassavica
Butterflies lay eggs on. Most of us have the Asclepias in our butterfly
gardens, so unless you're lucky enough to have a different Milkweed, you
probably won't get a Soldier Butterfly unless it's just passing through.
(...and if you have a Milkweed that will grow in South Florida that the
Soldier Butterfly will use, I'd love to trade seeds with you!)
These two Soldier Butterflies are enjoying nectar from
. I've seen them
on it a lot lately.
I found the Soldier Butterfly in the same spot again, but as usual it
didn't stick around for long. I've searched all over that area for the
Milkweed it uses, but no luck yet.
Smiles: Look at what I found! Now If I can find the host plant in that area,
I'll be set! Here come the caterpillars (if I can find them.)
I didn't notice the bee
when I took