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Longtailed Skipper Butterfly

This butterfly is brown with several silvery spots on the front wings and a silvery white edge along the hind wings. The wingspan is 1″ to 1-1/4″, but the hind wings terminate in two narrow… Read More

Longtailed Skipper Caterpillar

This caterpillar, known as the bean leafroller, is commonly found on different varieties of beans. Other legumes also serve as food plants, including wisteria and hairy indigo. The distinctive caterpillar is 1″ to 1-1/2″ long… Read More

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

The adult butterfly is 2-1/2″ to 3″ long and has orange wings with black markings on the upper surface. The under-surface of the wings is brown with many large silvery-white spots. It overwinters in south… Read More

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

This caterpillar is 1-1/4″ to 1-3/4″ at maturity and has an orange body with several rows of black spines along the entire length. The food plant is passion vine, and it lays its eggs on or… Read More

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

The adult has a wingspan of 3-1/2″ to 5-1/2″. The upper surface of the wings is brown with a row of large yellow spots along the margins and a prominent diagonal yellow band. The undersurface… Read More

Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar

This caterpillar is 1-1/2″ to 2″ long when mature and has a blotchy brown-and-white pattern. It looks remarkably like a bird dropping throughout its larval stages. These caterpillars feed primarily on citrus and are called… Read More

Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

The large yellow butterfly has a wingspan of 2″ to 2-1/2″. It migrates through Florida annually and can be found in the state for most of the year. It shows a preference for red blossoms… Read More

Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar

This caterpillar is 1-1/2″ to 2″ long when fully developed. It has a pebbly surface and bears a distinct lateral yellow stripe running the length of the body. Larvae feed on Cassia spp., favoring sicklepod and partridge… Read More

Tent Caterpillars

Les Harrison Ag & Natural Resources Agent County Extension Director UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension The recent cold snap in Wakulla County has brought the insect and bug population to a standstill. The mosquito activity is… Read More

Gall Wasps

The thinning leaves of autumn unveil and expose many of the trees in Wakulla County which have been concealed by their green cloak during the warmer months. Oaks, both deciduous and evergreen, may reveal a… Read More