This Sulphur Butterfly
enjoying a sip of nectar
from my Firebush.
I was trying to photograph a tiny
that was sipping from the red flowers, but it flew away.
I didn't mind its departure as much once this butterfly
paused for a
Firebush, Hamelia patens, is a nectar plant
for a variety of
. I even have a hungry
nesting in the middle of mine that I suspect is enjoying fine meals of my favorite
butterflies. I wish there were bird repellent for butterflies!
This Julia Butterfly
is perched on the red flowers with its wings spread
to the sunshine. Can't you feel the splendor of the summer day?
are more difficult to catch on, oh my, can I still say
'film'? Perhaps digital media is more in order nowadays. Regardless, the
Giant Swallowtails never seem to stop fluttering their wings, and
Other creatures visit my Firebushes too. This cute green-eyed
found a comfortable place
to perch on a broken branch.
This black butterfly with yellow stripes is the Florida State Butterfly.
It's a Zebra Longwing
See the yellow pollen on its proboscis? This is the only type of
butterfly I've seen collect pollen that way.
Another odd bug that I've noticed summer after summer on various
Firebushes that I frequent is this little
Before you stare too hard looking for the bug or butterfly in this
picture, stop. It is simply a picture of the Firebush plant. See
I've seen this tiny yellow chalcid wasp
lurking under the leaves, and
apparently eating, but I'm not sure what because it was on the new
fruits that were just beginning to swell.
The tiny Conura wasp
wasn't the only bug spending time where the
fallen flowers used to be.
The red ladybug
worthwhile there too.
One afternoon I found little white eggs under a Firebush leaf. They
looked like hamburgers, and hatched into white larva with brown stripes
and yellow spiny bumps. An assortment of other
buzzed about the blooms
Here's one of the reasons that I like common names for
think this bug
on the backlit bloom is a chauliognathus marginatus.
Below is another
So many bugs
! I used to think of a typical picnic fly, or sometimes a
, when I thought of
at all. These green flies are
pretty I never expected to think that about a fly. The striped
green fly on the left is a long-legged fly, and the one above is a
Hedriodiscus trivittatus fly.
This peculiar bug with its wings sticking straight out is yet another
fly - Xanthomelanodes.
Sphinx Moths lay eggs on Firebush and their caterpillars nibble on
the leaves. That makes Firebush a moth host plant.
I found this last image of an expired blossom hanging by a thread
moving, so I took the picture to share.
Did I say last image? Silly me, I should know better. I forgot some
bugs. I'll put them on Firebush page 2