Cassius Blue Butterfly - Leptotes cassius

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Cassius Blue Butterfly - Leptotes cassius

Cassius Blue butterflies lay eggs on Leadwort Plumbago sp flower buds. Caterpillars eat flower buds, pupate, and emerge as tiny butterflies.

cassius blue butterfly, leptotes cassius, plumbago
Two caterpillars on plumbago
cassius blue butterfly, leptotes cassius, plumbago
Blooms placed in container
cassius blue butterfly, leptotes cassius, plumbago
Frass indicates caterpillar(s)

To locate these caterpillars, pick flower buds (the entire bloom spike) and place in a plastic container. The next morning, open the container and look for frass (caterpillar excrement). If frass is present, obviously at least one caterpillar is also present! (This tip is shared by Marc and Maria Minno in one of their books. Marc Minno is one of the authors of both Florida Butterfly Gardening: A Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Butterflies and Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants.

cassius blue butterfly, leptotes cassius, plumbago
Cassius Blue Butterfly
cassius blue butterfly, leptotes cassius, plumbago
Laying an egg