On April 29, 2009 a Butterfly Garden was planted with the help of The Landings Garden Club, at the Interpretive Center of the Skidaway Island State Park.  The butterflies and bees arrived immediately after the planting!

Pictured below is the "Queen" Danaus Gilippus Butterfly, photographed ovipositing (laying eggs) on it's Host Plant, Milkweed, Asclepias Curassavica at the Butterfly Garden, Skidaway Island State Park.

 

 

All photographs were taken by Fitz Clarke.  The "Passion Flower" is the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, and Zebra Heliconian.  In the slideshow Gulf Fritillary larvae can be observed in various instar stages.  Both the Queen and Monarch butterflies are actively nectaring upon two Milkweed species (Asclepias curassivica and Asclepias tuberosa). 

 

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Butterfly Garden

 

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