Sulphur Butterfly On Thistle
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A male cloudless sulphur butterfly on purple thistle flower.
The cloudless sulphur is a year-round resident from Argentina to Texas and through the deep south of the United States including much of peninsular Florida. During the warmer seasons they spread throughout much of the eastern United States and the southwest.
Purple thistle is a common wildflower of flatwoods and disturbed sites in nearly all of Florida. The range extends throughout the southeastern states west into Oklahoma and Texas, and up the eastern coastal states as far north as Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire and Maine.
Cirsium horridulum is distinguished from the other species in the state by having spiny bracts surrounding the base of the inflorescence. The dense head of disk flowers is usually purple, but may be pink, yellow or white. Purple thistle flowers are a favorite of many pollinators. The single hollow stem of this biennial herb grows to 5 feet tall. The pinnately lobed leaves have spines along the margins and appear first as a large basal rosette before the tall leafy stem emerges.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
May 27th, 2018
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