Snow on the mountain butterflies - Knowledgebase Question

Port St. Lucie, Fl
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Question by alcaracu2
June 21, 2010
I have noticed black butterflies flying around my snow on the mountain, I do not see any caterpillars on the bushes. Should I be concerned?

Answer from NGA
June 21, 2010
There are over a hundred species of butterflies in Florida so I'm not sure which ones you are seeing. They are probably attracted by the nectar in the flowers and are feeding, not laying eggs. Of course, you won't know until/unless larvae hatch and begin consuming your plants! It isn't likely, though. Most butterflies are very specific about where they lay their eggs and choose host plants with large, tasty leaves so their offspring will have lots to feed on. Snow on the Mountain isn't known to be a host plant to butterfly larvae.

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