Found a Chrysalis!
I did some work outside today, and when I was walking down the road with my wheel barrow, I noticed a chrysalis on some dog fennel. I could see right away that it was a buckeye -
I rarely ever find a chrysalis, so this was a treat. I cut off the weed it was on and brought it in to the cage on the porch, so I can see it emerge. Hopefully, it hasn't been parasitized! It obviously came from some agalinis growing in the weed mixture along this road. Dog fennel is a very ugly weed to me, but I leave it, because male scarlet-bodied wasp moths are supposed to spray their mates with poisons they get from the 'flowers' to give them protection against predators. Also, I see a lot of butterflies hanging out on it. I don't know if they're nectaring on the 'flowers' or what.
The latest 'road admiral' that is, a red admiral that hangs out every afternoon on my road, perched on the dog fennel also -
For whatever reason, a male red admiral always claims the road - you can see him on the sand/gravel any evening, and he'll fly off as you approach him. Sometimes, he'll even land on you!
On this warm day, the butterflies were out in numbers, cloudless sulphurs, sleepy oranges, little yellows, many gulf frits, a variegated frit, many checkered skippers, long-tailed skippers and ?fiery skippers, carolina satyrs, but no swallowtails.
The most popular flowers in my garden now are the porterweeds and Brazilian buttons. A beautiful new salvia of mine is blooming now, S. purpurea 'Lavender Lace' but I haven't seen any butterflies on it. Other salvias that are blooming are S. regla, S. guaranitica, S. 'Hot lips' and S. leucantha 'Phyllis Fancy' which is a big favorite, especially among the long-tailed skippers.
Here's a picture I made of a gulf frit nectaring on a Brazilian button -
And here's a variegated frit on the same bush -
And lastly, here's a male checkered skipper on the BB -