Primrose willow, Ludwigia peruviana, is a yellow flowered large shrubby weed in my back yard, but
I leave it because my
sips from it.
Now I'm even happier that I didn't weed-eat that tiny bit of the edge of
my yard where the lawn meets the water! First this yellow flowered weed
attracted a Queen Butterfly
me, so I kept it as a nectar plant. Then my mom and I were walking
around looking at what's growing, and what's eating it, and we found
this beautiful giant red, black, white, and yellow caterpillar munching
on a Primrose leaf.
I plucked the twig, caterpillar and all, and
brought it inside to raise. I can't wait until it becomes a
Banded Sphinx Moth. I hope it
poses for nice photos when it does.
It's often fun to look at things from a different angle. Once the flower
petals fall off, and the seed pod begins to mature, this is what it
looks like from the top.
I looked up Ludwigia peruviana to try to find out if it's a native Florida plant; opinions vary.
My Ludwigia peruviana is a host plant for the
Banded Sphinx Moth
nectar plant for at least Queen Butterflies
, and probably more, and the
flowers are pretty. Whether it's native or not, I'll keep mine.
Primrose grows by the water in my yard, and in this photo below you can see it
in its wetland habitat beside a lake.
Butterflies, at least, pollinate
Primrose. Banded Sphinx moths, at least, lay eggs on Primrose, and their
caterpillars eat the plant. I wonder what the adult Banded Sphinx Moths