Christopher Tozier is the author of Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the award-winning, middle-grade fantasy series set in the wilds of central Florida and published by Pineapple Press. He was selected as a 2011 State of Florida Artist Fellowship recipient and his poetry has appeared widely.
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