White Vine Milkweed Sarcostemma clausum
White Vine Milkweed Flower, Sarcostemma clausum, Host plant for Queen Butterflies
White Vine, Sarcostemma clausum, also called Twine Vine, is a Milkweed Vine that Queen Butterflies use as their host plant. 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 is a 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 Flower, Sarcostemma clausum, Host plant for Queen Butterflies
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.
Soldier Butterfly Nectars On White Vine Milkweed Flower, Sarcostemma clausum
They weren't the only creature feasting on aphids. 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.
White Vine Milkweed Leaves
White Vine Milkweed Leaves
White Vine Milkweed, White FLower
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:
green Pseudodoros clavatus fly larva and yellow aphids on Whitevine Milkweed
green Pseudodoros clavatus fly larva eating a yellow aphids on Whitevine Milkweed
ladybug on whitevine milkweed, white twine vine
Milkweed beetle nymphs on a Whitevine Milkweed seed pod
Lots of Milkweed beetles on a Whitevine Milkweed seed pod
Wings spread milkweed beetle on Whitevine Milkweed
Unusually colored milkweed beetle on a whitevine seed pod, or some other bug I don't know about
Butterfly Egg on a Whitevine Milkweed leaf
Queen Butterfly Caterpillar on White Twine Vine, aka Whitevine Milkweed
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