Sunday, July 18, 2010

Nectar Plants for Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak, by Linda Evans, with photos by Hank Poor

Photo by Linda Evans

Most butterfliers know that the Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak is an unusual, scarce butterfly limited to disappearing pinelands in South Florida. Its host plant, Pineland Croton (Croton linearis), often has this small butterfly nectaring on its small, frilly flowers.

Pineland Croton
Photo by Linda Evans

The Bartram's also uses nectar plants that are close to its host plant. Several of them can be:

Spanish Needles
, Bidens alba var radiata

False Buttonweed
, Spermacoce verticillata
Photo by Hank Poor

Snow squarestem
, Melanthera nivea

Florida Whitetop
, Rhychospora floridensis
Photo by Hank Poor

Blodgett's Swallowwort
, Cynachum blodgettii
Photo by Hank Poor

Florida Privet
, Forestiera segregata
Photo by Linda Evans

Sometimes you have to look closely just as Dr. Robert M. Pyle is doing. He will be our keynote speaker for Butterfly Days at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in September 2010.

For more information on these pineland plants, read Roger M. Hammer's book, Florida Keys Wildflowers.

What plants have you seen the Bartram's nectaring on? Let us know.