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Old 01-20-2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default Atala Butterfly comes back from near extinction!

Truly a success story in the making! Such a beautiful insect, in all its stages of life! Make sure you get a look at the caterpillar. Way cool!

Atala Butterfly comes back from near extinction

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Old 01-21-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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Wow, What a bright and colorfull defensive color the cats have!
I did a search on the Coontie plants to see what they looked like and found many forms of them listed.
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Some had a fern look about them.
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Others looked more heavy leaved like this.

Hmmmm Wonder if either of those are the one mentioned.
Some articles showed a more bushy and low growing form as well...I took these while in Florida a few weeks ago.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:13 PM   #3
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Truly a success story in the making! Such a beautiful insect, in all its stages of life! Make sure you get a look at the caterpillar. Way cool!

Atala Butterfly comes back from near extinction

Host plant information and photos of the caterpillar:
Coontie
Wow! That's from our local paper! And the Calusa Nature Center is close to where I am too. I'll have to examine all the Coontie plants I see around this area as I really like them anyway and always stop to admire them. There are Coonties in front of the Ding Darling Refuge which we go to every week, and at Lakes Park. I know I've seen them elsewhere as well.

When would I see cats and when butterflies?

I'm seeing a WG Meet-up here next winter...............
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:51 PM   #4
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Wow! That's from our local paper! And the Calusa Nature Center is close to where I am too. I'll have to examine all the Coontie plants I see around this area as I really like them anyway and always stop to admire them. There are Coonties in front of the Ding Darling Refuge which we go to every week, and at Lakes Park. I know I've seen them elsewhere as well.

When would I see cats and when butterflies?

I'm seeing a WG Meet-up here next winter...............
I am not sure, Sage. A friend of mine posted about them on her Facebook page. I will ask her when their season is...
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