|A newly emerged adult Great Southern White.|
Often, when driving down to Everglades National Park or driving through south Miami-Dade County's agricultural area, the Redlands, you will see beautiful, white butterflies dancing in the air.
In these areas, the Great Southern White uses the weed, Peppergrass (Lepidium virginicum) as its host plant.
|Great Southern White eggs |
are laid in batches.
|Caterpillars feed communally|
- here feeding on Collard Greens.
When recently doing a NABA count at the Kampong, David Fairchild’s former home in Coconut Grove, we noticed that these beautiful butterflies were using a vine which had been growing there for more than 30 years according to Larry Schockman, the former director.
|A caterpillar & a chrysalis |
side by side on a Collard
Ritchiea reflexa from W. Tropical Africa was hosting more than 50 caterpillars and 67 butterflies which were added to the count. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is planning to get cuttings of this vine in the Caper family from the Kampong to add to their Butterfly Garden.
Hank and Mary Ann Poor attracted the Great Southern White by growing Collard Greens in their garden. Hank’s expert photography documented the life cycle from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly with his magnificent photos.
|A handsome male nectaring |
on the all-time favorite, Bidens alba,
or Spanish Needle.
Whether you choose weeds, flowers or vegetables, you too can have this magnificent butterfly in your yard.