Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cassius Blue Butterfly (Leptotes cassius)

The tiny Cassius blue butterfly (Leptotes cassius) is a common butterfly in Florida, but if you don't pay attention you may not see one. Their larva feed on a very common landscaping plant, the plumbago. Plumbago comes in two colors, blue and white. It seems to me that the Cassius blue prefers the white, but they still love the blue which is much easier to find. Grow this sprawling shrub in your yard, and by mid-summer it will be swarming with tiny blue butterflies!
 
 
They don't sit still for long, but thankfully this little Cassius blue posed for the camera


Plumbago

2 comments:

  1. Chris,

    I love plumbago and how it rambles. And for that butterfly--can't believe it was still long enough for you to capture the pic. Did you use a special lens?

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    1. Hi Danette - the blues don't sit still very often, that is for sure. I've been playing with a 100mm macro lens, which is why there are so many close-up photos on my blog lately!
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Chris

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