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Birds, Butterflies & Botany Message Board Butterflies › ID Needed

ID Needed

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Pine Lily F.
Loret
Kissimmee, FL
Post #: 3
Any ideas? I checked various websites but nothing quite matches up.

Eyed this butterfly on my SCALELEAF ASTER (Symphyotrichum adnatum) today. Located in Osceola County. Small, calm.


shown with my thumb for size reference:


A former member
Post #: 1
That is a Metalmark butterfly. Their caterpllars eat Thistles. This web site is helpful. http://entnem.ifas.uf...­
Terri
LillyduLac
Winter Springs, FL
Post #: 48
Yay good for you Elizabeth~! I had suggested that in a comment on her photo in the photos section. We are on the ball lol.
Pine Lily F.
Loret
Kissimmee, FL
Post #: 4
That is a Metalmark butterfly. Their caterpllars eat Thistles. This web site is helpful. http://entnem.ifas.uf...­

Thanks for the ID on "Little Metalmark" Calephelis virginiensis and the website reference.

I don't have thistle, but have both Native Carphephorus odoratissimus (Vanilla leaf) and climbing hempvine, (Mikania scandens) which are their other larval hosts.

A new addition to my "life list"!
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