Southern Cloudywing On Blackeyed Susan
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This Southern cloudywing butterfly was seen feeding on blackeyed susan flowers along the Double Springs Trail in Wakulla State Forest.
Southern cloudywings are found in a variety of habitats including meadows, savannas, scrubby fields woodlands and along streams in much of the eastern United States and west into Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma.
These skippers have brown wings with transparent spots and often a frosted trailing edge. The submarginal area of the forewing has a row of small aligned white spots. Near the costa is a spot in the shape of an hourglass in a row of white spots nearly traversing the forewing, usually with one spot offset. Wingspans are 32-38mm (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 in.). The eyes have a white ring.
Host plants are various members of the pea family - Fabaceae.
Blackeyed Susan is a common wildflower of sandhills, flatwoods and disturbed sites throughout nearly all of Florida. The includes almost all of North America except for the far northern regions.
The leaves and stem are hispid to hirsute - having short, stiff hairs. The cone-shaped disks are brown-purple and are surrounded by 8 to 16 yellow or yellow-orange ray florets.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
June 29th, 2017
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