Phyla nodiflora  
Phyla Nodiflora flower towering into the sky
This wonderful "weed" has so many common names it's ridiculous. I've heard Creeping Charlie and a few others. Whatever you call it, Phyla nodiflora is a fabulous plant for your butterfly garden!
White Peacock Butterfly nectars on Phyla nodiflora flower
Phyla Nodiflora flower
This White Peacock Butterfly with the dots on its wings dwarfs the flower, but the blue butterfly fits on top quite nicely.
Blue butterfly on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Of course, any flower that offers food will lure other little bugs too. It helps if they can fly - that towering flower seems quite out of reach! It's actually only a few inches tall, but to a tiny bug it is quite a climb.
Phyla nodiflora
This tiny bug is clinging to a chewed Phyla Nodiflora leaf next to two round purple flower heads that have not bloomed yet.
Bug on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Bug on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
This black and yellow wasp resembles the one a Brown Thrasher fed to its chick when it nested in my yard.
Cassius Blue Butterfly nectars on Phyla nodiflora flower
The blue butterflies I have are white and brown under their wings, and they usually perch with their wings closed, so it's rather rare to see their blue scales unless you watch them flutter.
Bee or Wasp on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
This butterfly with two black dots is one of the blues that visits Phyla Nodiflora. It is a Cassius Blue Butterfly. The butterfly with only one dot on the back of its bottom wing is a Ceraunus Blue.
Ceraunus Blue Butterfly, Hemiargus ceraunus, on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Phyla Nodiflora flower
Did you notice that tiny white mealybug on the flower stem? the butterfly seems to be standing on it.
Firey Skipper Butterfly nectars on Phyla nodiflora flower
This Firey Skipper is less colorful than some of the moths that visit my Phyla Nodiflora flowers. See how its antennae end in little clubs? It's a butterfly. The moth's antennae simply end in points. Here's a Pyrausta tyralis moth for comparison.
Red and yellow Pyrausta tyralis moth on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Red and Yellow Pyrausta tyralis moth on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Chrysanthrax cypris fly:
Chrysanthrax cypris fly on Phyla nodiflora
Any flower that draws hungry bugs would be a great place for a bug that eats bugs to hang out, right? Look under this flower.
Those tiny spiders lurk under a lot of flowers that butterflies and moths enjoy. This tiny Pyrausta tyralis moth wasn't as fortunate as those above; it got caught.... and eaten.
Tiny green and yellow flower spider eating a red and yellow moth under a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Spider lurking under a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Spider eating a moth on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Brown stinkbug on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Flower spider missing a leg
Life in the great outdoors isn't so great for spiders either; notice that the little green and yellow flower spider is missing a leg. The predator is also the prey. Here's another predator - an Ambush Bug:
These little stinkbugs enjoy Phyla Nodiflora too.
Spittlebug spit under a Phyla Nodiflora flower
EEW - what's that glob of foamy goo under the flower? The foam conceals a spittlebug. I huffed, and I puffed, and I blew its spit off - and here's the tiny green spittlebug I found within it:
Phyla nodiflora
An Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera) dragonfly pauses on the purple and white flower:
Itsy bitsy spider on Phyla Nodiflora
Very tiny bug on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Spittlebug spit blown to the side to expose the small green spittlebug
Eastern Amberwing,(Perithemis tenera)dragonfly nectars on Phyla nodiflora flower
Black spittlebug on a Phyla nodiflora stem
...and this itsy bitsy spider was perched on the spreading stem that crept across the ground.
I wonder if the little green spittlebug grows into this black one that I found on Phyla Nodiflora? I picked it up and it sprang away.
Small fly with a red rear perched on a Phyla Nodiflora flower
Phyla Nodiflora flower blooming next to a hempweed flower
Phyla Nodiflora flowers in teh lawn with a pine needle or two
Above, a Phyla Nodiflora flower is growing next to a Hempweed flower. Phyla Nodiflora is a welcome sprawling weed in my lawn. Where the Australian Pine needles fall and kill the grass, somehow the Phyla Nodiflora survives and keeps things looking green. Here's one more rather unwelcome visitor - a departing fly:
Black and white fly with red eyes departing from a Phyla Nodiflora flower
This tiny grasshopper sat briefly on the leaf. I chased a few of them before I finally got a picture of where the bug was instead of where it was.
Grasshopper on Phyla nodiflora
Grasshopper on Phyla nodiflora
Phyla nodiflora
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