Diversity at Seabourne Creek NP Butterfly Garden

While many of the gardener types ripped and tore at the soil getting rid of weeds, I opted for more purposeful and joyful work instead: logging diversity! The native Conoclinium and Persecaria were clearly the nectar plants of choice, loaded with wasps, butterflies, skippers, and moths. with the fire spike (non-native) being the second-place contender.

I wonder why anyone would plant Bat-faced Cuphea in a butterfly habitat. Besides nectar for wayward hummingbirds, what exactly is the wildlife value of this plant? All I saw were honeybees and carpenter bees -- who outwit the flower's pollination strategy with her clever tactics -- on it for the several minutes in three stretches I observed.

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, November 03, 2021 22:10

Observations

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Sharpsepal Beardtongue (Penstemon tenuis)

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dirtnkids

Date

November 3, 2021 11:22 AM CDT

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@sbdplantgal … any idea which species? Volunteer that popped up in the SCNP Butterfly Garden.

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Common Thread-waisted Wasp (Ammophila procera)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 11:34 AM CDT

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Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 10:46 AM CDT

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Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 10:46 AM CDT

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Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 10:46 AM CDT

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Texas Bow-legged Bug (Hyalymenus tarsatus)

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November 3, 2021 10:48 AM CDT

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Inornate Pyrausta Moth (Pyrausta inornatalis)

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November 3, 2021 10:54 AM CDT

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November 3, 2021 10:55 AM CDT

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Tersa Sphinx (Xylophanes tersa)

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November 3, 2021 11:03 AM CDT

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Blue-black Spider Wasps (Genus Anoplius)

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November 3, 2021 11:06 AM CDT

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Arabesque Orbweaver (Neoscona arabesca)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 11:07 AM CDT

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Spider wasp’s booty.

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Chamberbitter (Phyllanthus urinaria)

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November 3, 2021 11:25 AM CDT

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 12:34 PM CDT

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Sachem?

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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dirtnkids

Date

November 3, 2021 12:34 PM CDT

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Brown Wasp Mantidfly (Climaciella brunnea)

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November 3, 2021 12:35 PM CDT

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Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 12:37 PM CDT

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Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)

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November 3, 2021 12:45 PM CDT

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Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 12:46 PM CDT

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Ocola Skipper (Panoquina ocola)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 12:46 PM CDT

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Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 12:47 PM CDT

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7-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 12:48 PM CDT

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Hunter's Little Paper Wasp (Polistes dorsalis)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 12:48 PM CDT

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Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

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November 3, 2021 12:57 PM CDT

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Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

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November 3, 2021 12:58 PM CDT

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Oblique Streaktail (Allograpta obliqua)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 12:59 PM CDT

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Southern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa micans)

Observer

dirtnkids

Date

November 3, 2021 01:01 PM CDT

Description

Robbing the flower of nectar, without pollination.

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Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 01:02 PM CDT

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Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 01:02 PM CDT

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Apache Paper Wasp (Polistes apachus)

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dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 01:45 PM CDT

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Fine-backed Red Paper Wasp (Polistes carolina)

Observer

dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 01:47 PM CDT

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Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)

Observer

dirtnkids

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November 3, 2021 01:50 PM CDT

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Cigar Plants (Genus Cuphea)

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dirtnkids

Date

November 3, 2021 01:02 PM CDT

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