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American Lady American Lady
  • Common name:American Lady
  • Scientific name:Vanessa virginiensis
  • Family:Brushfoot family
  • Habitat:Open areas, gardens
  • Food Plants:Asters
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ©JaxBirding.com
  • Common name:Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
  • Scientific name:Papilio glaucus
  • Family:Swallowtail family
  • Habitat:Meadows, open woods, gardens
  • Food Plants:Tulip and cherry trees
  • Season:March - November
  • Range:All Florida, ex. Keys
Giant Swallowtail Giant Swallowtail ©JaxBirding.com
  • Common name:Giant Swallowtail
  • Scientific name:Papilio cresphontes
  • Family:Swallowtail family
  • Habitat:Open woods, citrus groves
  • Food Plants:Citruses and Torchwood
Gulf Fritillary Gulf Fritillary ©JaxBirding.com
  • Common name:Gulf Fritillary (Passion Butterfly)
  • Scientific name:Agraulis vanillae
  • Family:Brushfoot family
  • Habitat:Fields, gardens
  • Food Plants:Passionflower
Monarch Monarch ©JaxBirding.com
  • Common name:Monarch
  • Scientific name:Danaus plexippus
  • Family:Brushfoot family
  • Habitat:Open areas
  • Food Plants:Milkweeds
  • Season:Most common in fall when migrants arrive from north, en route to Mexico.
  • Common name:Palamedes Swallowtail
  • Scientific name:Papilio palamedes
  • Family:Swallowtail family
  • Habitat:Wooded swamps, borders
  • Food Plants:Red Bay, Sassafras
  • Season:March - December
  • Range:All Florida, except Keys
  • Common name:Polyphemus Moth
  • Scientific name:Antheraea polyphemus
  • Family:Giant silkworm moth family
  • Habitat:Broadleaf woods
  • Food Plants:Many broadleaf trees
  • Season:February - July, October - December
Red Admiral Red Admiral
  • Common name:Red Admiral
  • Scientific name:Vanessa atalanta
  • Family:Brushfoot family
  • Habitat:Fields, woodlands, edges, gardens
  • Food Plants:Nettles
  • Season:Migratory; population erratic
Viceroy Viceroy ©JaxBirding.com
  • Common name:Viceroy
  • Scientific name:Anartia Archippous
  • Family:Brushfoot family
  • Habitat:Marshy fields, meadows
  • Food Plants:Willows
  • Season:April - September
  • Range:All Florida, except Keys
White Peacock White Peacock ©JaxBirding.com
  • Common name:White Peacock
  • Scientific name:Anartia Jatrophae
  • Family:Brushfoot family
  • Habitat:Moist or swampy areas.
  • Food Plants:Water Hyssop, Ruellia
  • Range:All Florida, except Keys
  • Common name:Zebra Longwing
  • Scientific name:Heliconiuscharitonius
  • Family:Brushfoot family
  • Habitat:Hardwood hammocs, deep woods, gardens
  • Food Plants:Passionflower
Golden-silk Spider Golden-silk Spider ©JaxBirding.com
  • Common name:Golden-silk Spider
  • Scientific name:Nephila clavipes
  • Family:Arachnid class
  • Size:1"
  • Habitat:Woods, swamps
  • Common name:Carolina Wolf Spider
  • Scientific name:Lycosa carolinensis
  • Family:Arachnid class
  • Size:11/4
  • Caution:Wolf spiders are capable of defensive bites
  • Activity:Mostly at Night
  • Habitat:Fields
  • Common name:Crab-Like Spiny Orb Weaver
  • Scientific name:Gasteracantha cancriformis
  • Family:Arachnid class
  • Size:3/8"
  • Habitat:Woodland edges, shrubby gardens
  • Common name:Common Green-Darner
  • Scientific name:Anax junius
  • Family:Dragonfly family
  • Habitat:Ponds, lakes, fields
  • Range:All Florida, ex. Keys. Active all year in South-Florida; many migrate south from North-Florida in fall
  • Common name:Black and yellow mud dauber
  • Scientific name:Sceliphron caementarium
  • Description:The black and yellow mud dauber's nest is composed of a series of cylindrical cells that are plastered over to form a smooth nest about the size of a lemon. They are also the main predator of the black and brown widow spiders.
  • Common name:American Dog Tick
  • Scientific name:Dermacentor variabilis
  • Description:Brown with white markings, the American dog tick is one of the largest common ticks in Florida. They are usually found on vegetation beside paths and trails where they spend most of their life waiting patiently for an animal to walk past. Some people believe that ticks drop on you from the trees, but this is not true, they usually wait in bushes and grass at or below knee height.