Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’: Purple coneflower

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Common Name: Purple coneflower

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Asteraceae

Height: 2.50 to 3.00 feet

Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet

Bloom Description: Rosy purple

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Flower: Showy, Good Cut

Attracts: Butterflies

Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil

Photo: Brookhaven, Georgia, USA  [201400809]

Source: Missouri Botanical Garden

Rudbeckia sp.: Coneflowers, Black-eyed-susans

Rudbeckia is a plant genus of 23 species in the family Asteraceae. The species are commonly called coneflowers and black-eyed-susans.

Rudbeckia species are used as food plants by the caterpillars of some Lepidoptera species including Cabbage Moth and Dot Moth.

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Rudbeckia is one of at least four genera within the flowering plant family Asteraceae whose members are commonly known as coneflowers; the others are Echinacea, Dracopis and Ratibida.

Photos: Brookhaven, Georgia, USA  [201400809]

Source: Wikipedia

Zinnia sp.

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Zinnia is a genus of 20 species of annual and perennial plants of the family Asteraceae. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colors. The genus name honours German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn [1727–59].

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Most Zinnia species have upright stems but some have a lax habit with spreading stems that mound over the surface of the ground. They typically range in height from 10 to 100 cm tall. Leaves are opposite and usually stalkless [sessile], with a shape ranging from linear to ovate, and pale to middle green in color. The flowers have a range of appearances, from a single row of petals, to a dome shape, with the colors white, chartreuse, yellow, orange, red, purple, and lilac.

Photos: Brookhaven, Georgia, USA  [201400809]

Source: Wikipedia

Rudbeckia hirta: Common Black-eyed Susan

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Rudbeckia hirta, commonly called black-eyed Susan, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Eastern and Central United States. It is one of a number of plants with the common name black-eyed Susan. Other common names for this plant include: brown-eyed Susan, brown Betty, gloriosa daisy, golden Jerusalem, Poorland daisy, yellow daisy, and yellow ox-eye daisy.

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^ [left] Erynnis horatius: Horace’s Duskywing; [right] Hylephila phyleus: Fiery skipper

It is an upright annual [sometimes biennial or perennial] growing 30–100 cm [12–39 in] tall by 30–45 cm [12–18 in] wide. It has alternate, mostly basal leaves 10–18 cm long, covered by coarse hair, with stout branching stems and daisy-like, composite flowers appearing in late summer and early autumn. In the species, the flowers are up to 10 cm [4 in] in diameter, with yellow ray-florets circling conspicuous brown or black, dome-shaped disc-florets. However, extensive breeding has produced a range of sizes and colors, including oranges, reds and browns.

The genus name honors Olaus Rudbeck, who was a professor of botany at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and was one of Linnaeus‘s teachers.

Photos: Chamblee, Georgia, USA  [201400809]

Source: Wikipedia

Eupatorium perfoliatum: Boneset

Eupatorium perfoliatum or [Common] Boneset is a common perennial plant native to the Eastern United States and Canada, with a range from Nova Scotia to Florida, as well as from Louisiana and Texas through North Dakota. It is also called “agueweed”, “feverwort” or “sweating-plant”. It was introduced to American colonists by Indians who used the plant for breaking fevers by means of heavy sweating. It is nearly always found in low, wet areas and is often found near Phalaris arundinacea [Reed canary grass].

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^ Silver-spotted Skipper [Epargyreus clarus ] feeding on Eupatorium perfoliatum

The Eupatorium perfoliatum plant grows about 1m tall, with leaves that clasp the stems and dense clusters of white heads held above the foliage.

Eupatorium perfoliatum is a one of the Butterfly food and host plant.

Photo: Chamblee, Georgia, USA  [201400807]

Source: Wikipedia

Eupatorium cannabinum: Hemp-agrimony

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Eupatorium cannabinum, commonly known as Hemp-agrimony, is a herbaceous plant of the family Asteraceae. It is a robust perennial native to many areas of Europe. It is occasionally found as a garden escape in other areas such as British Columbia.

If the genus Eupatorium is defined in a restricted sense [about 42 species], Eupatorium cannabinum is the only species of that genus native to Europe [with the remainder in Asia or North America].

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Eupatorium cannabinum grows to 1.5 meters [4.9 feet] tall or more and 1.2 meters [3.9 feet] wide. It lives in moist low-lying areas in temperate Eurasia. It is dioecious, with racemes of mauve flowers which are pollinated by insects from July to early September. The flowers are tiny, fluffy and can be pale dusty pink or whitish.

Photos: Chamblee, Georgia, USA  [201400807]

Source: Wikipedia

Erynnis horatius: Horace’s Duskywing

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Horace’s Duskywing [Erynnis horatius] is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Massachusetts, west to eastern South Dakota, south through most of the eastern United States to Florida, the Gulf Coast, and southern Texas, south in the west through south-eastern Utah, Colorado, north-eastern Arizona, and New Mexico. Fringes are brown. Upperside of male forewing is dark brown with little contrast and no white overscaling. Upperside of female forewing is light brown with a contrasting pattern and large transparent spots. Underside of hindwing is usually without 2 spots below the apex. The male has a costal fold containing yellow scent scales; the female has a patch of scent scales on the 7th abdominal segment.

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The wingspan is 36–49 mm. There are two generations in the north, with adults on the wing from April to September; there are three generations in the deep south and Texas, with adults on the wing from January to November. Adults prefer open woodlands and edges, clearings, fencerows, wooded swamps, power-line right-of-ways, open fields, and roadsides.

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The larvae feed on young leaves of red and white oaks, including Quercus phellos, Quercus velutina, Quercus ilicifolia, Quercus nigra, Quercus stellata, and Quercus virginiana. Adults feed on various flowers of plants up to about 4.5 feet tall, including dogbane, buttonbush, sneezeweed, goldenrod, peppermint, boneset, and winter cress.

Photo: Chamblee, Georgia, USA  [201400807]

Source: Wikipedia

Papilio Troilus: Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

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The Spicebush Swallowtail [Papilio troilus] is a common black swallowtail butterfly found in North America, also known as the Green-Clouded butterfly. The spicebush swallowtail derives its name from its most common host plant, the spicebush, members of the genus Lindera.

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The family to which Spicebush Swallowtails belong, Papilionidae, or swallowtails, include the largest butterflies in the world. The swallowtails are unique in that even while feeding, they continue to flutter their wings. Unlike other swallowtail butterflies, Spicebushes fly low to the ground instead of at great heights.

Photo: Chamblee, Georgia, USA  [201400807]

Source: Wikipedia

Morpho Polyphemus: White Morpho Butterfly

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The White Morpho [Morpho Polyphemus] is a white butterfly of Mexico and Central America, ranging as far south as Costa Rica. As suggested by its name, this is one of the relatively few morphos that is white rather than blue.

Both the upper and lower wings are bright white, with some small light brown markings. There is a row of small eyespots on the underside of the hindwings.

The caterpillar has been known to eat Paullinia pinnata [family Sapindaceae] and Inga [family Fabaceae].

Photo: Florida Museum of Natural History, Butterfly Rainforest, Gainesville, Florida  [20140727]

Source: Wikipedia

Charaxes varanes: Pearl Charaxes Butterfly

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The Karkloof Emperor or Pearl Emperor [Charaxes varanes] is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, found in Africa from Saudi Arabia to South Africa.

The wingspan is 65–70 mm in males and 70–90 mm in females. Flight period is year-round.

Larvae feed on Allophylus spp. and Cardiospermum halicacabum.

Photo: Florida Museum of Natural History, Butterfly Rainforest, Gainesville, Florida  [20140727]

Source: Wikipedia