Marla's backyard has been turned into her own personal Butterfly World. to date the species she has found enjoying nector plants and host plants in her butterfly garden are as follows: Cloudless Sulphur, Orange Barred Sulphur, White Peacock, Cassius Blue, Monarch, Queen, Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Longwing, Horace Duskywing, Long Tailed Skipper, Fiery Skipper, Goldrim, Red Admiral, and Painted Lady butterflies. Marla has a butterfly photograph gallery with over 100 butterfly pictures. Photographs of caterpillars, and butterfly chrysalis are included in the butterfly gallery. 
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Florida Butterflies

Marla's Gallery has over 100 photographs of  Florida Butterflies, Caterpillars, Chrysalis and Pupas. Including unbelievable photographs of the life cycle from egg to butterfly.
 
Looking to buy a photo or just browsing for fun you're sure to enjoy Marla's photographs.
Click  BUTTERFLY  or on any photo to go to main butterfly gallery

Need information? Please feel free to contact Marla at marla.frankford@verizon.net anytime. Butterflies are her passion and she loves to share.

Polydamus Swallow Tail or Gold Rim Butterfly

This Polydamus recently emerged from it's chrysalis and is drying it's wings - see the entire life cycle in the below photos.

West Central Florida is  home to many
 species of  butterflies, Polydamus, 
Zebra Longwing, Sulphurs, Gold Rim, Monarch, Eastern Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary to name a few.

A cluster of Polydamus hatchlings

These tiny caterpillars barly the size of a dot on a peice of paper are enjoying their first meal feeding on their own eggs.

Their host plant is the Dutchmans Pipevine. Other host plants to Florida butterflies include Milkweed, Passionvine, and Cassius.
A Polydamus Swallowtail as a
caterpillar getting ready to form a chrysalis

The nector plant for the Polydamus butterfly is Lantana. Pentas, Milkweed and Climbing Asters. are a few nector sources for Floria Butterflies. 
A Polydamus Swallowtail Chrysalis

The butterfly chrysalis or pupa builds a silk pad to attach to. Slowly the transformation from pupa to butterfly begins. Just before hatching the pupa becomes transparent and if you look
close you can make out the wings of the butterfly.

A Polydamus is born

Here a Polydamus butterfly  just emerged from it's chrysalis. Wings still wet she will rest for awhile then flutter off to find her first meal,
maybe some lantana.




Want to see more photos of
butterflies? Click on any
butterfly picture to see more.






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