About this Photo and my Experience
I discovered this Great Southern White butterfly in a butterfly garden at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, FL. It’s located on the beach roadway traveling to Playalinda Beach with and exhilarating view of Kennedy Space Center.
This photo was actually my arbitrary shot of an insect that was so sporadic and hardly landed. To my surprise, my quick photo shot transpired into this impressive picture. I get more “Likes” on this image than most, but don’t know why.
Great Southern White Butterfly Facts
This male Great Southern White Butterfly has turquoise antenna tips with a wingspan of 1 3/4 inches to 3 inches. They are white with a hint of yellow along with a dark forewing apex. Their habitat includes marshes, coastal beaches and roadsides, mostly in the south part of eastern an central US. They feed on plants in the mustard family, including Spider flowers, cabbages, radish leaves, tansy mustard, and mustard greens. The nectar that attracts this butterfly comes from plants like Lantana and Tall Verbena.
Females lay clustered eggos on plants like peppergrass, radish, saltwort, capers and the Spider flower. The average lifespan of males is five says; for females it’s eight to ten days. During their caterpillar stage they are yellowish with dark greenish stripes.
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