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Misidentification everywhere.

It smells like sage, and grows similar to Strawberry Spinach at first, then suddenly get a lot bigger --Woolly Hogwort, host to Daggerwing Butterfly caterpillars (and a few similar species).

It grows similar to Strawberry Spinach at first, then suddenly develops groups of buds (mostly 3 at a time)-- Arizona Blanketflower (planted the seeds but thought they died).

Tiny weed with very round, simple leaves, that if left alone grows tiny yellow flowers--Purslane an edible weed I've been ripping out for decades only to discover the leaves taste delicious to me- like spinach.

Caterpillar munching on an isolated fern plant in my yard in Florida. I don't recognize it, but I know most caterpillars are picky & will only eat one type of plant. I have tons of fern, so I don't mind, but I'm curious, what kind of butterfly or moth IS IT? I google search and search and search, and when I do find it, it's always 'unknown' 'mystery' 'damn caterpillar eating my fern, how do I get rid of it.'

Finally I go to one of the forums to get rid of it, 'this caterpillar sneaks in on fern imported from Florida grown plants'. More googling.

So, guess what the common name of it is? The Florida Fern Moth. ARGH. I should have known. :^)

At this point I don't know if I have ANY Strawberry Spinach plants. There are a couple of suspects left that haven't yet turned into Cinderella, so maybe.

Date: 2017-05-22 11:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] haldane
Florida Fern Moth? I'm laughing over here.

Many years ago, Neil and I took a picture of a butterfly at the zoo, the Blue Triangle Butterfly. Our employer at the time, the State Bank of Victoria, had a blue triangle as their emblem, so we suggested they might like to sponsor it.

Two weeks later, we get a nice email saying they looked into it, and the damn bug's official name is The New South Wales Blue Triangle Butterfly.

Now, NSW is only Victoria's biggest rival, as the two most-populated and oldest-European-settled states in Australia. Think US East Coast vs West Coast, but without any buffer in between.

Personally I think the zoo should have fudged the record a little, at least on the sign announcing the sponsorship.

Date: 2017-05-23 09:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
Florida Fern Moth


The UK equivalent is probably the 'cabbage white' butterfly. It's white and you always find it near cabbages.
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