In the butterfly garden

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Atala butterfly.

The atala butterflies are back, showing off their exquisite colors. Not only are the butterflies themselves lovely, the caterpillars also are vivid red with yellow dots. The butterfly garden is full of life now and worth a visit. Just sit on a bench for a few minutes and watch. You will feel yourself relax.

Larvae munch on a cyad.

Atala butterfly larvae are readily spotted on the little Florida cycad, Zamia integrifolia from which they acquire a toxin. Their brilliant coloration is thought to warn predators to stay away.