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Zebra Longwing Caterpillar

This caterpillar reaches a length of 1-1/2″ to 1-3/4″. It has white above and brown below, with several rows of black spines that run the entire length of the body, interspersed with black spots. The eggs are laid… Read More

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 tails about 1/2″… 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 and has a… 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 Florida and migrates… 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 near any part… 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 of the wings… 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 “orange dogs” because… 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 such as those… 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 pea. View the… 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 all in south… Read More