GULF FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY

  The Gulf Fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) ranges in the Southern United States, into Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America. It can be seen year-round in every county of Florida.   BEHAVIOR By observation, I noticed that they tend to run in packs of two or three butterflies. It is unique in that … Continue reading “GULF FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY”

IF YOU BUILD IT

These Gulf Fritillary caterpillars are a perfect example of “If you build it, they will come.” For the last few years, I have worked at building a butterfly habitat. It got a big boost in mid-October when Cee and I went to Gainesville to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History. Our plan was to … Continue reading “IF YOU BUILD IT”

DIY BUTTERFLY HOUSE

A butterfly house, or lepidopterarium is a facility for the breeding and display of butterflies, usually for educational purposes. Butterfly World, the first butterfly house in the United States, opened in Coconut Creek, Florida, in 1988. Now, butterfly houses are owned and operated by museums, universities, zoos, non-profit corporations, and private individuals as part of their residence. You … Continue reading “DIY BUTTERFLY HOUSE”

EASTERN BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY

The Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) strongly resembles the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly and Spicebush Swallowtail. It ranges from the middle of New Hampshire and across to North Dakota, south to Florida then across the United States as far as New Mexico, down into Mexico and South America. It does not fly in the western mountains … Continue reading “EASTERN BLACK SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY”

GIANT SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY

  The Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) ranges from southern New England across the northern Great Lakes states, the southern Central Plains, south and southwest in the United States and on through Mexico to Central and South America. Common throughout Florida, it can be seen all year in south Florida.   HABITAT Deciduous forests, residential gardens and … Continue reading “GIANT SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY”