Cloudless Sulphur on Partridge Pea (in Florida)

 


 Black Swallowtail caterpillar (early instar) in New Jersey

 

Orange Sulphur on Black-eyed Susan (in New Jersey)

 

Giant Swallowtail eggs on Hercules Club (in Florida)

 

Spicebush caterpillar

 

Common Butterflies Seen in Yards and Gardens in Southern Florida

Just starting to observe butterflies? The butterflies listed below are ones that are likely to be seen in gardens throughout Southeastern Florida.

In the table below, the numbers in "Flight Period" and "Caterpillar Season" correspond to the month (4 = April, 5 = May, etc.), with < meaning earlier in the month, m the middle of the month, and > late in the month.

Expected Frequency of Sighting
Name
Flight Period
Caterpillar Season
Native Caterpillar Food Plants
3 - Occasionally
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
>4-9
1 - 12
1 - Very frequent
Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Pipevine (Aristolochiaceae ssp.)
1 - Very frequent
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Lime Pricklyash (Zanthoxylum fagara), Torchwood (Amyris elemifera)
1 - Very frequent
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
1 - 12
1 - 12
1 - Very frequent
Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea)
1 - 12
1 - 12
1 - Very frequent
Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Wild Plumbago (Plumbago scandens), Wild Tamarind (Lysiloma latisiliquuum)
1 - Very frequent
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
1 - 12
1 - 12
2 - Often
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charitonius)
1 - 12
1 - 12
1 - Very frequent
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
1 - 12
1 - 12
1 - Very frequent
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae)
1 - 12
1 - 12
Water hyssop (Bacopa monnieri), Fogfruit (Phyla nodiflora)
2 - Often
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
1 - 12
1 - 12
2 - Often
Gray Hairstreak (Stymon melinus)
1 - 12
1- 12