Southern White Butterfly

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Great Southern Whites (Ascia monuste) are one of five white butterflies commonly found in Florida. With eggs resistant to the salty air, they stick near the coasts, laying their eggs on saltwort, peppergrass, capers and mustards. They can locate these plants by briefly landing on the leaves and puncturing them with the sharp hooks on their fee. This releases chemicals from the plant that the butterfly senses using the olfactory sensors in their feet.

Imagine walking barefoot through your yard, with the ability to taste each and every plant!

Suggested Activity: ● Build your own butterfly feeder: https://learning-center.homesciencetools.com/article/make-butterfly-feeder/ ● DIY feeders https://www.diyncrafts.com/36001/home/gardening/10-diy-butterfly-feeders-will-add-beauty-butterflies-garden ● Raise your own butterflies: https://www.monarch-butterfly.com/butterfly-kits-for-children.html Dig a Little Deeper: ● Butterfly anatomy: http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Anatomy.htm ● Florida butterflies https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/wakulla/environment/big-bend-bugs/butterflies/ ● Great Southern White: https://www.nsis.org/butterfly/butterfly-sp-white-gs.html ● Ascia monuste: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascia

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