Great Spangled Frits - I need more violets
I don't think I've ever seen more than one GST at a time in my garden until this summer. I've been seeing three or four when I go out to check my flowers all summer.
They're quite a bit larger than Variegated or Gulf Frits. In fact, they're bigger than most Swallowtails.
Has anyone ever tried to raise them? Butterfliesandmoths.org says: "Eggs are laid in late summer on or near host violets. Newly-hatched caterpillars do not feed, but overwinter until spring, when they eat young violet leaves".
How strange that they hatch out but don't eat until spring. An how in the world could something so tiny survive through the winter!
Sounds like they would be tricky to raise but I'd really like to.
It took me awhile to get a photo next to a Gulf Frit where they both have their wings open so you can see the size. This is one of the biggest ones I've seen. The zinnias that they're on are fairly similar in height although it looks like the GST is closer to the camera. I don't think it was.