White Vine, Sarcostemma clausum, also called Twine Vine,
is a Milkweed
use as their
. If you plant it in your butterfly
garden, put it where it can't grow all over other plants that you love.
It can get a bit out of control.
This Soldier Butterfly
fast bug. I tried for a long time to get a better photo of it on the
White Vine, but it kept moving, and the White Vine it was hovering near was growing on the steep edge of a canal, so I couldn't follow it
most of the time.
White Vine Milkweed is tough stuff that oozes gooey sticky white milky
slime if you manage to break it.
The leaves grow off of the vine in pairs. They are generally elongated
and pointy, but can show some variation. These more rounded leaves were
near the tip of the vine.
They weren't the only creature feasting on
. A lady bug was
having a nice aphid snack too. There's a picture of her (or him?) eating
it on my ladybug page
My white flowered milkweed vine has gotten quite a few visitors. Aphids
absolutely love it, and Pseudodoros clavatus
larva love to eat the aphids. The
aphids are yellow, and the fly larva looks like a little green
worm with a stripe and mini spines.
This picture shows the belly of the maggot. Yeah, just what you were
looking for, right? Hang on though, check out the aphid in its mouth!
When I photographed the little green worms on my milkweed vine, I didn't
know they were fly maggots
Of course, as with all milkweed, at least all they kinds I've had, seed
pods bring milkweed beetles
Finally, the best thing about this milkweed vine, aside from its
beautiful white flowers, is that it is a host plant for butterflies.
This Queen Butterfly
egg on the leaf
hatches and becomes this stunning caterpillar: