To Page Two Firebush Hamelia patens
This Sulphur Butterfly is enjoying a sip of nectar from my Firebush. I was trying to photograph a tiny hummingbird 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 meal too.
Sulphur Butterfly nectars on Firebush
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly:
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Nectaring on Firebush
Firebush, Hamelia patens, is a nectar plant for a variety of butterflies, bugs and hummingbirds. I even have a hungry mockingbird 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!
Florida State Butterfly, Zerbra Heliconian, sipping nectar from a red Firebush flower
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?
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly enjoying a Firebush flower
Male Julia Butterfly enjoying a Firebush flower
Giant Swallowtail Butterflies 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 they're FAST.
Firebush glinting in the sun with a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly precariously perched on the flowers
Other creatures visit my Firebushes too. This cute green-eyed dragonfly found a comfortable place to perch on a broken branch.
Green Eyed Dragonfly on Firebush
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.
Zebra Longwing Butterfly nectars on Firebush, pollen on proboscis
Another odd bug that I've noticed summer after summer on various Firebushes that I frequent is this little white planthopper.
White Planthopper on Firebush
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 the berries?
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.
Tiny Yellow Chalcid wasp, Conura, enjoying Firebush
The tiny Conura wasp wasn't the only bug spending time where the fallen flowers used to be.
Red ladybug with black spots and a white pronotum feeding on Firebush
Lovebug on Firebush
Tiny Yellow Chalcid wasp, Conura, on a red Firebush flower
The red ladybug beetle, lovebug, and Ichneumon Wasp found something worthwhile there too.
Ichneumon Wasp on Firebush
Metallic green bee or wasp on Firebush
Green fly on Florida Firebush
Larva on Firebush
Hamburger eggs and larva on Firebush
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 bees, flies and wasps buzzed about the blooms too.
Here's one of the reasons that I like common names for creatures. I think this bug on the backlit bloom is a chauliognathus marginatus. Below is another Ichneumon Wasp.
Larva on Firebush
Chauliognathus marginatus looking straight at you on a cluster of red and yellow Firebush flowers in the summer sun in Florida
So many bugs! I used to think of a typical picnic fly, or sometimes a biting fly, when I thought of flies 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.
Extremely green Hedriodiscus trivittatus fly on a Firebush leaf
Here's looking at YOU! Ichneumon Wasp on Firebush
Metallic green striped long-legged fly on Firebush
This peculiar bug with its wings sticking straight out is yet another fly - Xanthomelanodes.
Xanthomelanodes fly with its typical wings out stance on a Firebush leaf
Pluto Sphinx Moth Caterpillar with eye spots

Pluto 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.

Fallen Flower Hanging By A Thread
Did I say last image? Silly me, I should know better. I forgot some bugs. I'll put them on Firebush page 2.
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